GW Men's Soccer Heads to New England This Weekend
Colonials Play Final Road Games at URI on Friday, UMass on Sunday
Oct. 24, 2013
WASHINGTON - Coming off a 2-0 win over Fordham, the George Washington men's soccer team heads to New England this weekend looking to stay hot and remain unbeaten in Atlantic 10 play. The Colonials will visit Rhode Island on Friday at 7 p.m. before taking on Massachusetts on Sunday at 1 p.m. in their final road games of the regular season.
GW (4-6-2, 1-0-2 A-10) is currently in fifth place in the A-10 standings with five points through three league games. After tying Dayton and Saint Louis to open conference play, the Colonials defeated Fordham, 2-0, last Sunday behind goals from sophomore Jonny Forrest and freshman Sam Summerlin. It was GW's fifth shutout of the season, tied for third-most in the A-10.
Junior goalkeeper Luke Farrell leads the league with a 0.29 goals-against average in conference play this season, as he has allowed just one goal in 310 minutes of action, and he ranks second with a .917 save percentage. GW joins VCU as the only teams in the A-10 with two shutouts in league play.
All three of Forrest's goals this season have been game-winners, and he is tied for the league lead in that category. Senior Tyler Ranalli is tied for third in the league with six goals and ranks fifth with 15 points on the year.
Rhode Island (2-8-0, 0-2-0 A-10) is coming off a 3-1 loss at Massachusetts on Sunday, its sixth loss in the last seven games. The Rams' Matt Sykes is tied with Ranalli for third in the A-10 with six goals, but he leads the league with 0.6 goals per game. Thomas Spenser has played every minute in goal for URI and has posted a 2.10 goals-against average and a .672 save percentage. The Rams have been outscored, 21-8, on the year, as URI ranks last in the league in scoring and GAA.
GW is 7-13-4 all-time against URI in a series that dates to 1980 and saw the teams meet at least once a year from 1990-2006. Last season, the Colonials blanked the Rams, 2-0, at GW Soccer Field as Farrell recorded six saves in his first career shutout.
Massachusetts (2-10-1, 1-2-0 A-10) defeated URI, 3-0, on Sunday behind two goals from freshman Cody Sitton, who was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for his efforts. Josh Schwartz leads the Minutemen with four goals, four assists and 12 points. He is tied for eighth in the league in points, 10th in goals and seventh in assists. Goalkeeper Nick Ruiz owns a 1.84 goals-against average and a .742 save percentage, and he leads the A-10 with 69 saves. UMass has been outscored, 24-12, on the year, as the Minutemen rank last in the conference in goals allowed.
GW is 10-11-2 all-time against UMass in a series that dates to 1989 and saw the teams meet at least once a year from 1989-2006. The Minutemen defeated the Colonials, 3-0, last season at the GW Soccer Field.