GW Men's Soccer Visits LIU Brooklyn, NJIT This Weekend
Colonials to Take on Blackbirds, Highlanders in 2012 Rematches
Sep 5, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's soccer team will travel to the New York-metro area this weekend for a pair of rematches of 2012 contests. The Colonials will visit LIU Brooklyn on Friday at 6 p.m. before taking on NJIT in Newark, N.J. on Sunday at 4 p.m.
GW (1-1-0) is coming off a dominating performance in a 2-0 win over district rival Howard in the D.C. College Cup on Sunday. Senior Tyler Ranalli and sophomore Jonny Forrest each tallied a goal and an assist in the victory, while freshman Garrett Heine recorded the primary helper on both goals. The Colonials held the Bison without a shot on goal in the shutout. Sophomore Ross Higgins scored GW's lone goal in a season-opening loss to American on Friday.
LIU Brooklyn (0-2-0) dropped its first two games of the season by identical 2-0 scores at San Francisco and Saint Mary's. The Blackbirds were outshot, 30-9, in the two contests. LIU Brooklyn was picked to finish seventh in the Northeast Conference preseason poll after posting a 2-14-2 overall record in 2012. The Blackbirds return 19 letterwinners and eight starters from that squad, including sophomore midfielder Tanner Sica, who ranked second on the team with three goals a year ago.
Friday's match marks just the second-ever meeting between the Colonials and Blackbirds. Last year, GW defeated LIU Brooklyn, 1-0, in double overtime in the season opener at the GW Soccer Field on a golden goal by Ranalli in the 107th minute.
NJIT (0-2-0) lost its first two games of the year, 2-1, at both St. John's and Sacred Heart. Marko Drljic and Franco Gamero accounted for the Highlanders' two goals on the year, and goalie Alexander Czempik has made 11 saves, including eight against the 19th-ranked Red Storm. NJIT posted a 10-9-0 overall record in 2012, its best in nine seasons at the Division I level, and the Highlanders return eight of their top nine scorers, including Gamero, who led the team with seven goals and 17 points.
The Colonials and Highlanders will face off for just the second time ever on Sunday. NJIT defeated GW, 1-0, on a late goal by Enrique Hidalgo at the GW Soccer Field last season.