Men's Soccer Looks to Extend Streak

Colin Anderson and the Colonials are on the road at La Salle on Wednesday.
Oct. 10, 2017



George Washington men's soccer continues Atlantic 10 play Wednesday at La Salle. The Colonials (5-5-2, 2-1 A-10) head into the 7 p.m. start at McCarthy Stadium in Philadelphia, seeking their third straight conference victory.

LAST TIME OUT: GW posted a pair of home A-10 shutouts last week. After beating George Mason, 1-0, in overtime last Wednesday, the Colonials knocked off Dayton, 2-0, on Saturday. Peirce Williams had a goal and an assist to power the offense against the Flyers. Thor Arne Höfs made a combined seven saves in posting the back-to-back clean sheets, while Reese Moore was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Week.

IN FOCUS: Boosted by a 3-1-1 record in its past five games, GW is up to No. 50 in the NCAA RPI rankings. The Colonials have already played eight games against Top 100 foes. They rank fifth among A-10 squads on the latest list. VCU, Saturday's opponent, paces the conference at No. 18. La Salle checks in at No. 189.

FUN FACT: La Salle's nickname honors French explorer René-Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle, although the university's namesake is St. John Baptiste de La Salle. Apparently, sports writer Randall Cassell made the mistake in referencing the school's football team in a 1931 article, but the students liked the moniker enough to vote for it in a contest soon after. (Thanks to La Salle Magazine for the history lesson.)

SCOUTING LA SALLE: The Explorers (4-7-1, 0-3) have lost three straight to open A-10 play, including two by shutout. Most recently, they fell, 1-0 in double overtime, to conference leader Rhode Island on Saturday.

Matt Robinson leads La Salle offensively with four goals and three assists. Goalkeeper Mark Tobin has allowed just 11 goals in his 10 starts.

COMING UP: GW is back on the road Saturday at VCU. The Colonials and Rams are set to square off at SportsBackers Stadium in Richmond, Va., at 7 p.m.

WATCH & LEARN: Head Coach Craig Jones, Alex Conning and Moore preview Wednesday's trip to La Salle.


 

 

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