GW Men's Soccer Faces Tough Test at No. 11 UMBC on Saturday
Colonials Visit Retrievers for 7 p.m. Kickoff
Sept. 27, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's soccer team will make the short trip to Baltimore on Saturday evening to take on 11th-ranked UMBC at 7 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park.
GW (3-4-0) has had a week to regroup following a 3-0 loss to Navy last Saturday. Senior Tyler Ranalli continues to lead the Atlantic 10 with five goals and 13 points, ranking 15th and 14th in the NCAA, respectively. Ranalli and freshman Angel Valencia also rank fifth in the A-10 with three assists on the year. As a team, the Colonials are tied for the league lead and rank 18th in the nation with 2.14 assists per game. In addition, sophomore Jonny Forrest is one of just five players in the A-10 with at least two game-winning goals.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jean-Pierre van der Merwe has played all 630 minutes between the posts for the Colonials this season and boasts a 1.29 goals-against average with 23 stops against just nine goals allowed. He is tied for third in the Atlantic 10 with three shutouts.
Ranked 11th in the nation, UMBC (8-0-0) is one of two remaining unbeaten and untied teams in the nation along with Dayton. The Retrievers are coming off a 1-0 win over George Mason on Wednesday. Pete Caringi leads the NCAA with nine goals and ranks second with 20 points, while Geaton Caltabiano is second in the country with seven assists as the Retrievers boast the nation's top-scoring offense at 2.88 goals per game. Phil Saunders has served as UMBC's only keeper this season and owns a 0.98 goals-against average. The Retrievers have outscored their opponents, 23-8, on the year.
GW trails UMBC, 4-7-3, in the all-time series. Last season, the Retrievers defeated the Colonials, 2-1, at GW Soccer Field. Seth Rudolph scored the Colonials' lone goal in the ninth minute and van der Merwe recorded a career-high 11 saves. The teams have not met in Baltimore since a 3-0 UMBC win in 2004.