GW Men's Soccer Opens Exhibition Slate Sunday at Duke
Colonials Return to the Pitch for First Time in 2013
Aug 16, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's soccer team kicks off its preseason slate with its first of three exhibition matches as the Colonials visit Duke on Sunday at 1 p.m.
"This match will be a real test for our players and a challenge for our newcomers as they start their collegiate careers," said second-year Head Coach Craig Jones.
The Colonials return 15 letterwinners and eight starters from last season's squad while welcoming 10 newcomers to the roster. GW will be led offensively by seniors Tyler Ranalli and Bailey Hinners, who combined to score five goals and 11 points in 2012. Also back is junior defender Andri Alexandersson, the reigning team MVP who played in all but 95 minutes last season.
Duke returns 23 members of its 2012 squad which finished the season 8-8-2 overall, and adds four newcomers. Leading the way is senior Sebastien Ibeagha, the reigning ACC Defender of the Year, who anchored the Blue Devils' backline to nine shutouts and paced the offense with five goals and two assists for 12 points.
GW has dropped three regular-season meetings against Duke, most recently a 4-0 loss against the No. 11/6 Blue Devils in Durham, N.C., in 2010.
Following Sunday's match, the Colonials return home to host Montgomery College in an exhibition on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. GW concludes its preseason slate on Saturday, Aug. 24, at James Madison ahead of its season opener against American on Aug. 30 at the annual D.C. College Cup hosted by George Mason University.