GW Men's Soccer Welcomes A-10 Rival Fordham on Sunday
Colonials Look to Carry Momentum Back From Midwest
Oct. 17, 2013
WASHINGTON - Fresh off a pair of road draws against two of the Atlantic 10's top teams, the George Washington men's soccer team will welcome A-10 rival Fordham to the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus on Sunday for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
GW (3-6-2, 0-0-2 A-10) opened A-10 play with a scoreless draw at then-No. 19 Dayton on Friday, blanking the nation's top-scoring offense at the time. The Colonials handed the Flyers their first blemish of the season, as they were the only remaining unbeaten and untied team in Division I. GW followed that performance with a 1-1 tie at defending A-10 champion Saint Louis on Sunday, as senior Bailey Hinners tied the game with just 2:26 remaining in regulation. Both of Hinners' goals this season have forced overtime, as he also scored the equalizer against No. 11 UMBC. All three of GW's overtime contests on the year have come against teams who were ranked or receiving votes in the NSCAA Top 25.
Junior goalkeeper Luke Farrell made his first two appearances of the season last weekend and allowed just one goal while making nine saves in 220 minutes. The shutout of Dayton was his second career clean sheet after blanking Rhode Island on Oct. 19, 2012. Farrell's 0.41 goals-against average for the week matched Dayton's Chris Froschauer for the lowest in the A-10, while his .900 save percentage was tops in the league.
Freshman Tobi Adewole was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week on Monday for his defensive efforts last weekend.
Senior Tyler Ranalli is tied for second in the league with six goals and third with 15 points on the year. In addition, he is tied with freshmen Garrett Heine and Angel Valencia for ninth in the conference 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.
Fordham (3-7-1, 0-1-1 A-10) also visited Saint Louis and Dayton last weekend, falling to the Billikens, 2-0, on Friday before tying the Flyers, 1-1, on Sunday. Goalkeeper Alex Naples had 12 saves at Dayton, an Atlantic 10 single-game high this season. Naples has played all but 90 minutes in net for the Rams in 2013 and boasts a 1.25 goals-against average and a .769 save percentage. Jon Agostino leads Fordham with two goals and four points on the year. The Rams are tied for 10th in the A-10 with nine goals scored on the season.
GW holds an 8-5-2 all-time series advantage over Fordham, but the Rams have won the last three meetings, including a 2-1 decision last season on a deciding goal with 71 seconds remaining in regulation.