GW Men's Soccer Concludes Regular Season With Two Home Games
Colonials Host Saint Joseph's, La Salle in Key A-10 Matches
Nov. 7, 2013
WASHINGTON - With a berth in the Atlantic 10 Championship at stake, the George Washington men's soccer team concludes its regular season with a pair of home games against A-10 rivals Saint Joseph's and La Salle this weekend at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. The Colonials will host the Hawks on Friday at 1 p.m. before their finale against the Explorers on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Prior to Sunday's match, the Colonials will honor seniors Bailey Hinners, Tyler Ranalli, Alex Sandland, Abdul Shaban and Francisco Solorzano in a Senior Day ceremony. Ranalli, who was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 2 First Team last week, ranks sixth in the A-10 with six goals and seventh with 15 points.
In addition, Friday is Student Veterans Recognition Day. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3150 will hand out information and poppies and all veterans in attendance will be recognized at halftime.
GW (5-8-2, 2-2-2 A-10) is currently tied with Dayton for seventh place in the Atlantic 10 standings with eight points. The top eight teams at the end of the season advance to the Atlantic 10 Championship hosted by Dayton. The Colonials are one point behind fifth-place Duquesne and Massachusetts and two behind fourth-place La Salle while remaining one point ahead of St. Bonaventure and Fordham, who are tied for ninth.
Saint Joseph's (3-8-5, 1-5-0 A-10) is currently in 11th place in the A-10 with three points following a 3-1 loss at Saint Louis last Sunday. The Hawks' lone conference victory was a 1-0 win over No. 24 VCU on Oct. 27, which snapped a streak of four straight games without a goal. Jake Nelson leads SJU's offense with four goals and eight points, and goalkeeper Andrew D'Ottavi has posted a 1.56 goals-against average and .705 save percentage with five shutouts The Hawks have been outscored, 27-15, on the year, including 12-2 in A-10 play, ranking at or near the bottom of the league in goals scored and allowed both overall and against conference opponents.
GW leads long-time A-10 rival Saint Joseph's, 16-6-2, in the all-time series, which dates to 1984. The Colonials have won the last three matchups with the Hawks by a combined score of 13-0. The teams last met on Oct. 7, 2011, a 4-0 victory for the host Colonials.
La Salle (6-7-3, 3-2-1 A-10) is in fourth place in the Atlantic 10 standings with 10 points but is winless in its last three outings (0-2-1), including a 3-2 overtime loss to Dayton last Sunday. The Explorers visit Fordham on Friday before heading to D.C. Jason Plumhoff leads the A-10 in goals (8), assists (9) and points, including four goals and five assists against conference opponents, as La Salle boasts the fourth-best scoring offense in the league, averaging 1.71 goals per game. Goalkeeper John McCarthy has posted a 1.41 goals-against average and .786 save percentage; he leads the A-10 with 5.40 saves per game as the Explorers have allowed 260 shots on the year.
La Salle holds a slight 9-8-2 advantage over GW in the all-time series, which dates to 1984.