GW Men's Soccer Heads to Saint Peter's for Midweek Matchup
Colonials and Peacocks to Meet for First Time Since 1992
Sept. 17, 2013
WASHINGTON - Coming off a dominating 4-0 win over VMI, the George Washington men's soccer team looks to carry its momentum into a midweek matchup at Saint Peter's on Wednesday afternoon. Kickoff from Jaroschak Field in Jersey City, N.J., is set for 4 p.m.
Senior Tyler Ranalli had a career day against the Keydets on Saturday, factoring into all four goals and finishing with seven points - the most by a Colonial since 2002. Ranalli notched the first hat trick by a GW player since former teammate Seth Rudolph in 2010 and added an assist on junior Farhan Khan's goal early in the second half. Khan also tallied an assist to finish with three points, while freshman Angel Valencia dished out a pair of helpers.
Ranalli now leads the Atlantic 10 and ranks eighth in the NCAA with 11 points, and he is tied for the league lead and 13th in the nation with four goals. In addition, his three assists rank fourth in the A-10 and 15th in all of Division I.
As a team, GW's 14 assists lead the conference and rank fifth in the NCAA. The Colonials also rank fourth in the league in goals (9) and third in total points (32).
GW (3-2-0) surrendered just four shots to the Keydets as the defense posted its third shutout in the last four games. Sophomore goalkeeper Jean-Pierre van der Merwe is tied for second in the A-10 with three clean sheets and ranks fifth with a 0.80 goals-against average.
Saint Peter's (0-3-1) is coming off a 2-1 loss at GW's Atlantic 10 rival La Salle on Saturday. Marcel Madee leads the Peacocks with three points on a goal and an assist. Omar Crowl scored Saint Peter's only other goal of the season, as the Peacocks have been shut out in two of their four games in 2013. Carlos Suarez has played every minute in front of the net, posting a 1.41 goals-against average and .824 save percentage. He leads the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with 7.0 saves per game.
Wednesday's match will be the first between GW and Saint Peter's since 1992 and just their second meeting ever. The Colonials won the 1992 contest by a score of 3-0.
Following Wednesday's game, the Colonials return home to host Navy on Saturday at 3 p.m. The annual Kickin' It at the Vern pregame cookout will begin at 2:30 p.m., and is free to all fans.