GW Men's Soccer Set for 12th Annual D.C. College Cup
Colonials to Face George Mason, Howard for Local Bragging Rights
Aug. 29, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's soccer team will make the short trip to District rival American University for the 12th annual D.C. College Cup this weekend. The Colonials will face George Mason on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. and Howard on Saturday at 12 p.m.
GW, American, George Mason and Howard comprise the D.C. College Cup for the sixth straight season. The Colonials have twice won the Cup, with back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008. GW is 10-9-3 in the 11-year history of the event, including an 0-1-1 showing last season in Fairfax, Va., with a 3-2 loss to the Eagles and a 1-1 draw with the Bison.
The Colonials (1-0-0) look to build on the momentum from Friday's thrilling 1-0 double-overtime win over LIU Brooklyn in the season opener. Junior Tyler Ranalli scored the golden goal in the 107th minute, tapping in the rebound after sophomore Joe Holleran's initial shot was deflected to give head coach Craig Jones ('99) his first career win. Senior Alejandro Almodovar matched his career-high with seven saves while posting his fourth career shutout.
George Mason (1-0-0) also opened its season against LIU Brooklyn, defeating the Blackbirds, 3-0, on Sunday. Sophomore Timmy Mulgrew tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Patriots. Picked to finish sixth in the Colonial Athletic Association after going 7-8-3 in 2011, Mason boasts a veteran squad featuring eight seniors, including All-CAA honoree Taylor Morgan, who led the team in points (23) and goals (9) last season.
GW is 10-22-3 all-time against George Mason. The Patriots took the last meeting, 3-1, at the 2010 D.C. College Cup. The Colonials' last win in the series occurred in 2005, a 2-1 victory on the road.
Howard (0-2-0) is coming off a pair of losses in Pittsburgh last weekend, falling to Atlantic 10 foe Duquesne, 4-0, and to Pitt, 1-0. The Bison, who posted a 3-13-2 overall record last season, will be led by junior Mario Martin, who scored a team-high five goals and 10 points in 2011.
The Colonials are 15-19-5 all-time against Howard, including a 1-1 draw at last season's D.C. College Cup. Seth Rudolph scored for GW, which had a 26-10 shot advantage over the Bison in last year's contest.