Men's Soccer Welcomes Rhode Island for A-10 Quarterfinal

Nov. 2, 2017

George Washington men's soccer opens the Atlantic 10 Championship on Saturday, hosting Rhode Island in a 1 p.m. quarterfinal at GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.

The third-seeded Colonials (9-6-2) won four straight A-10 games to close the regular season to earn a spot in the eight-team field for the second time in three years and 13th time overall. They're hosting a conference tournament game for the first time since 2004.

GW faces the sixth-seeded Rams (9-5-3) with the winner advancing to play either No. 2 VCU or No. 7 St. Bonaventure in a semifinal on Nov. 10 at Dayton's Baujan Field. The final will be held on the same field two days later with the champion earning the conference's automatic NCAA bid. (Full bracket here.)

Saturday's quarterfinal is a rematch of GW's A-10 opener, which the Rams won, 2-1, on Sept. 30 in Kingston, R.I.

NEED TO KNOW: Admission is free Saturday. All three rounds of the championship will be streamed free on the A-10 Network and are also available on mobile devices through the A-10 app.

A-10 CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: GW is 5-8-3 overall at the A-10 Championship, most recently losing in the quarterfinals to VCU in 2015. The Colonials claimed titles in 2002 and 2004 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

GW has only hosted the conference tournament once before. In 2004, the Buff and Blue celebrated the championship on its home field with a 2-0 win over Temple in the final.

GW and Rhode Island have split a pair of previous meetings in the A-10 Championship. The Rams won, 1-0, on their home field in 1991 with the Colonials winning by the same score at GW Soccer Field in 2004.

LAST TIME OUT: GW has had a break since closing the regular season last Saturday with a 3-1 win at Saint Joseph's. All three goals came from seniors with Christian Lawal, Oliver Curry and Koby Osei-Wusu finding the net.

Curry broke a 1-1 tie in the 71st minute, finishing a rebound off an Oscar Haynes Brown shot. The midfielder also assisted Lawal's goal on a corner kick to match his career high with three points.

IN FOCUS: GW has made the most of its opportunities. The Colonials converted 17.4 percent of their shots into goals in eight A-10 matches, the second-best rate in the conference behind only Massachusetts.

GW averaged 10.8 shots in A-10 play and turned them into 1.88 goals per game, which ranked fourth in the conference.

FUN FACT: GW alum Arnar Johannsson still holds a piece of the record for points in an A-10 Championship game. The forward from Iceland posted six points in a 4-3 overtime win over Massachusetts on Nov. 15, 2002. He scored three goals, the last of which was the game-winner in the 100th minute.

Johannsson shares the mark with seven other players, including Massachusetts forward Jeff Deren, who did it in the same game.

SCOUTING RHODE ISLAND: The Rams locked up a spot in the field with Wednesday's 2-1 win over Duquesne. Ryan Bailey scored the game-winner in the 76th minute to help them halt a three-game losing skid.

Chae Brangman is tied for fifth in the A-10 with eight goals, while keeper Nils Leifhelm is second in save percentage (.812) and shutouts (seven).

Brangman and Dominik Richter both scored second-half goals for Rhode Island in the first meeting with GW. Haynes Brown scored late for the Colonials in the loss.

WATCH & LEARN: Head Coach Craig Jones and captains Christian Lawal and Oliver Curry preview the A-10 Championship matchup with Rhode Island.



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