GW Men's Soccer Opens A-10 Play at Dayton, Saint Louis This Weekend
Colonials Visit Undefeated Flyers on Friday, Defending Champion Billikens on Sunday
Oct. 10, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's soccer team faces two tough tests to open Atlantic 10 Conference play this weekend when it visits 18th-ranked Dayton and defending league champ Saint Louis. The Colonials will take on the undefeated Flyers on Friday at 7 p.m. before visiting the Billikens on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Senior Tyler Ranalli ranks second in the Atlantic 10 with six goals and 15 points on the year, and his 1.67 points per game and 0.67 goals per game rank 22nd and 25th in the nation, respectively. In addition, he is tied with freshmen Garrett Heine and Angel Valencia for eighth 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 are one of two hat tricks in the A-10 in 2013.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jean-Pierre van der Merwe has played all 822:31 in the net for the Colonials and has posted a 1.42 goals-against average and .690 save percentage.
Dayton (10-0-0) is the only unbeaten and untied team remaining in Division I and boasts the nation's top scoring offense, averaging 2.8 goals per game. Abe Keller leads the Atlantic 10 with seven goals, six assists and 20 points, ranking in the top 12 in the NCAA in each category, including fifth in assists and sixth in points. Goalie Chris Froschauer also leads the A-10 with a 0.68 goals-against average and five shutouts, and he ranks second with an .844 save percentage, as the Flyers have allowed just seven goals in 10 contests.
Saint Louis (6-3-0) is coming off a 2-1 loss at VCU on Sunday. The Billikens are receiving votes in the most recent NSCAA national poll and are ranked fourth in the Mid-Atlantic region. SLU is the second-best scoring offense in the A-10, averaging 1.89 goals per game, and is led by David Graydon's eight points (2g, 4a), as well as Robert Kristo and Alex Sweetin's three goals apiece. Kristo, a third-team All-American last season, has been named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. Goalie Nick Shackleford ranks third in the A-10 with a 0.85 GAA and fourth with a .784 save percentage.