Men's Soccer Opens at 10th Annual DC College Cup Wednesday
Aug. 31, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington men's soccer team kicks-off the 2010 season Wednesday at 2:00 pm against George Mason in the 10th annual DC College Cup hosted at American University's Reeves Field. The Colonials will also take on Howard Saturday at 12:00 pm.
GW, American, George Mason and Howard comprise the DC College Cup field for the fourth straight season. Each team will play two matches with the champion to be determined by a point system based on wins and draws. In the event of a tie, the champion will be crowned using a tie-breaking formula that includes head-to-head meetings, goal differential and goals scored.
2010 DC COLLEGE CUP SCHEDULE (all matches at American's Reeves Field, Washington, DC)
Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010
The Colonials finished third behind the Eagles and Patriots in the 2009 event after capturing Cup titles in both 2007 and 2008. GW is 10-6-2 in the nine-year history of the DC College Cup and trails both George Mason (10-21-3) and Howard (15-18-4) in the all-time series.
2010 GW MEN'S SOCCER SEASON PREVIEW
The George Washington men's soccer team capped the first decade of the new millennium with double-digit victories (10) for the 13th time in the program's 45-year history. The most recent 10-year span saw the Colonials lay claim to a pair of Atlantic 10 Championships and make two trips to the NCAA Tournament. Entering his 23rd season at GW, head coach George Lidster will rely on 12 returning letterwinners and 11 newcomers as the Colonials seek out similar success entering a new decade in 2010.
Despite losing 11 seniors from last season's squad, a core group of starters at key positions return, including central defender Brice Carr, wing back Kory Trott, midfielder Marcus Ranney and forward Yoni Berhanu. The quartet will serve as the leaders of an otherwise youthful roster featuring 14 underclassmen.
Just as Berhanu burst onto the scene as a rookie, sophomore forward Seth Rudolph made his presence felt immediately last fall. Three of Rudolph's four goals in 2009 came during league play, including a pair of strikes and the game-winner against Xavier, to earn him A-10 All-Rookie Team distinction. The shifty and speedy frontman will help GW's attack stretch defenses.
The focus of Lidster's 2010 recruiting class lays, fittingly, in the middle of the pitch, where four freshmen - Andrew Aluko, Bailey Hinners, Alex Sandland and Tobey Wood - will immediately push for spots in the starting XI. Hinners totaled 20 goals and 32 assists over his final two years at Westlake HS in Austin, TX, while Sandland registered 24 goals and six assists and earned area Player of the Year honors as a senior at East Coweta HS near Atlanta. Transfer Zach Abaie, a former Washington Post honorable mention All-Met performer at Stafford High School, arrives from district-rival American and will see his first collegiate action after sitting out his rookie year with the Eagles.
Athletic 6-foot-5 rookie Devon DuBay could push Lafferty for playing time this fall. DuBay was a Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) First Team All-State pick as a junior at Norfolk Academy.
A-10 play will see NCAA participants Charlotte (Oct. 15) and Saint Louis (Oct. 17) visit Mount Vernon Field the third weekend of October.
The Colonials begin their 46th season of competition with five straight games away from Mount Vernon, beginning with the 10th annual DC College Cup at American University's Reeves Athletic Complex. GW opens against George Mason on Sept. 1, then battles Howard on Sept. 4.
GW then travels to Atlantic Soccer Conference finalist Longwood on Sept. 8 and Mount St. Mary's on Sept. 11 before its clash at Duke. Defending Big South Conference regular season champion Coastal Carolina kicks off the Mount Vernon home schedule on Sept. 17, followed by Division II UDC eight days later. The Colonials then round out non-conference play with a trip to Navy on Sept. 29 and a home match against Rider during Soccer Alumni Weekend on Oct. 2.
Conference play starts at Richmond on Sept. 9, followed by consecutive home league weekends with Charlotte and Saint Louis and Fordham (Oct. 22) and La Salle (Oct. 24). GW then hits the road for consecutive weekends to complete A-10 play - St. Bonaventure (Oct. 29) and Duquesne (Oct. 31) followed by Temple (Nov. 5) and Saint Joseph's (Nov. 7).
The six-team 2010 A-10 Championship will be held at Charlotte's Transamerica Field Nov. 11-14.