GW Men's Soccer Hosts VMI in Home Opener on Saturday
Colonials Aim for Fourth Win in Fifth Meeting Against Keydets
Sept. 13, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's soccer team opens its 2013 home slate on Saturday afternoon when it welcomes VMI to the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus for a 2 p.m. kickoff.
GW (2-2-0) split a pair of games in the New York-metro area last weekend. The Colonials defeated LIU Brooklyn, 2-0, on Friday behind goals from sophomores Jonny Forrest and Ross Higgins. Sophomore goalkeeper Jean-Pierre van der Merwe recorded four saves for his second straight shutout following a 2-0 blanking of Howard on Sept. 1 - the first time GW has posted back-to-back shutouts since Nov. 4-6, 2011. The Colonials then dropped a 1-0 decision at NJIT on Sunday.
Forrest leads the Colonials with five points on two goals and an assist, and both of his goals have been game-winners. Higgins has also scored twice, and the duo is tied for seventh in the Atlantic 10 in goals, while senior Tyler Ranalli and freshman Garrett Heine are tied for fourth in the league with two assists apiece. As a team, GW ranks third in the A-10 with eight helpers.
Van der Merwe has played all 360 minutes in net, boasting a 1.00 goals-against average and a .750 save percentage, and he is tied for second in the A-10 with two clean sheets. GW is one of just four teams in the league with at least two shutouts this season.
VMI (0-3-1) suffered a 6-1 defeat at James Madison on Wednesday. The Keydets have been outscored, 13-4, on the season, and Wes Saupe leads the team with three points on a goal and an assist. Daniel Kitchen has played all but 45 minutes in goal on the year, posting a 2.96 goals-against average and a .676 save percentage.
GW is 3-1-0 all-time against VMI, with the lone loss in the series coming last September at the Keydets' Jay Sculley Memorial Tournament. Andri Alexandersson scored his first goal as a member of the Buff and Blue in the 3-1 defeat.