GW Men's Soccer Kicks Off 2013 Campaign at D.C. College Cup
Colonials to Face American, Howard for District Bragging Rights This Weekend
Aug 29, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's soccer team officially kicks off its 2013 season this weekend against a pair of district rivals at the 13th annual D.C. College Cup hosted by George Mason University. The Colonials will face American on Friday and Howard on Sunday, with both games beginning at 5 p.m. at George Mason Stadium.
GW, American, George Mason and Howard comprise the D.C. College Cup for the seventh straight season. The Colonials have twice won the Cup, with back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008. GW is 11-10-3 in the 12-year history of the event, including a 1-1-0 showing last season at AU, with a 3-0 loss to the Patriots and a 2-1 win over the Bison. Then-juniors Bailey Hinners and Tyler Ranalli were named to the 2012 All-Tournament Team after accounting for the Colonials' two goals against Howard.
The Colonials return 14 letterwinners and seven starters from the 2012 squad while welcoming 10 newcomers. Under the direction of second-year Head Coach Craig Jones, GW will be led offensively by Ranalli and 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.
GW unofficially opened its 2013 campaign last week with three exhibition matches. The Colonials played Duke to a scoreless draw before defeating Montgomery College, 2-1, then fell to James Madison, 1-0.
American is the preseason favorite to win the Patriot League after posting an 11-6-2 overall record and reaching the conference title game in 2012. Cristobal Soto, the reigning PL Defensive Player of the Year, was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. He and first-team All-PL goalkeeper Billy Knutsen anchored a defense that boasted a 0.93 goals-against average last season, while Colin Seigfried, another first-team All-PL selection, also returns after leading the Eagles with 17 points (5g, 7a) a year ago.
Howard is coming off a 3-15-1 season in 2012. The Bison will be led by Mario Martin and Brian Monge, who combined to score seven of the team's 16 goals last year. Howard opens the 2013 campaign on Friday against George Mason.
The Colonials have played the Eagles and Bison more than any other team in program history, with both series dating to 1965, GW's inaugural varsity campaign. Friday's season opener against AU will mark the 42nd all-time meeting, though the teams have not met since the 2011 D.C. College Cup. GW and Howard will meet for the 13th straight year and the 41st time since 1965, and the Colonials have won seven of the last nine matchups with the Bison, including last season's 2-1 victory at the same event.