Men's Soccer Visits No. 8 North Carolina

The Colonials are set for a Top-10 showdown with North Carolina.
Sept. 18, 2017

George Washington men's soccer gets its strongest nonconference test of the season when it travels to No. 8 North Carolina on Tuesday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at WakeMed Park in Cary, N.C.

LAST TIME OUT: The Colonials (2-3-1) battled UMBC to a 1-1 draw Saturday at GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. In the 19th minute, Oscar Haynes Brown scored to put the Colonials in front. It was the freshman's third straight game with a goal. After the Retrievers equalized in the 56th minute, the defense, led by keeper Thor Arne Höfs, dug in to preserve the deadlock.

IN FOCUS: GW is seeking its first win over a top-10 foe since taking down No. 1 Indiana on Oct. 1, 1988. The Colonials are 1-2 all-time in such games with the most recent one a 4-0 loss to No. 6 Duke during the 2010 season.

Last season, GW played No. 12 Wake Forest to a scoreless draw. Its lone victory over a ranked opponent in six tries under head coach Craig Jones came when it knocked off No. 22 Navy, 2-1, in double overtime on Sept. 16, 2014. Four current Colonials -- Christian Lawal, Oliver Curry, Alex Conning and Koby Osei-Wusu -- saw action in that one.

FUN FACT: GW's most recent NCAA Tournament win came at North Carolina. The Colonials dropped the Tar Heels, 1-0, in a first-round matchup on Nov. 19, 2004. Frank Ambrosio scored the lone goal in the second minute with Derek Biss recording the shutout in net.

SCOUTING NORTH CAROLINA: The Tar Heels (6-1) beat rival Duke, 2-1, on Saturday, taking the lead for good on Mauricio Pineda's 40th-minute tally.

North Carolina -- the preseason ACC favorite -- has won four straight one-goal decisions since suffering its lone loss at UNC-Wilmington on Sept. 1. Jelani Pieters (four goals, three assists) and Cam Lindley (two goals, seven assists) pace the offense.

COMING UP: GW closes its nonconference home slate Saturday against NJIT. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.

WATCH & LEARN Jones, Lawal and Höfs preview the trip to North Carolina.



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