GW Men's Soccer Hosts Robert Morris in Non-Conference Finale on Saturday
Teams to Face Off for First Time Since 1994
Oct. 4, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's soccer team concludes non-conference play on Saturday when it hosts Robert Morris in a battle of Colonials on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
Due to the team's road match during last week's GW Alumni Weekend, the Colonials will host alumni for a "World Cup 6v6 Tournament" and lunch prior to Saturday's contest and an evening happy hour reception after the match.
GW (3-5-0) is coming off a 2-1 double-overtime loss at No. 11 UMBC last Saturday, as the Retrievers scored the game-winner in the 103rd minute. Senior Bailey Hinners found the back of the net for the Colonials, knotting the score at 1-1 in the 61st minute.
Senior Tyler Ranalli ranks second in the Atlantic 10 and 20th in the nation with five goals and 13 points on the year, and he is tied with freshman Angel Valencia for seventh in the league with three assists. Ranalli's seven points against VMI on Sept. 14 remain a single-game high in the conference this season, while his three goals against the Keydets is one of two hat tricks in the league in 2013.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jean-Pierre van der Merwe has played all 732:31 between the posts this season and boasts a 1.35 goals-against average with 26 saves. The Colonials rank fifth in the A-10 in goals scored (11) and goals allowed (11).
Robert Morris (4-3-2) has won three in a row, outscoring its opponents - Niagara, Duquesne and Buffalo - 10-1 in those contests. The Colonials, who are ranked sixth in the North Atlantic region, are led by Neco Brett's seven goals and 17 points. The reigning Northeast Conference Player of the Week, Brett ranks sixth in the NCAA in total points and seventh in goals scored. Joseph Kuta has played all 850 minutes in goal for RMU, posting a 0.95 goals-against average with 27 saves against just nine goals allowed, while the Colonials' offense has averaged 1.78 goals per game.
GW owns a 2-1-0 advantage in the all-time series with Robert Morris, but the teams have not met since 1994.