Colonials Shut Out VMI Led by Ranalli Hat-Trick

Sean Tait
WRGW Soccer Correspondent

WASHINGTON, DC – Senior captain Tyler Ranalli set the tone early and often, netting a career high three goals and leading the Colonials to a 4-0 win over the Virginia Military Institute Keydets Saturday afternoon from the Mt. Vernon Field, improving to 3-2-0 on the season.

Senior Forward and Team Captain Tyler Ranalli after his hat trick Saturday

Senior Forward and Team Captain Tyler Ranalli after his hat trick Saturday

Ranalli stole the ball from a VMI defender and continued to slip a shot past the sliding keeper to give the Colonials a 1-0 lead in the second minute. The game then settled in, with GW controlling more possession and creating more chances than their opponent.

Ranalli credited his performance on his practice this week, “I put in a lot of work this week after practice to make sure that I was ready to take my chances and really work on finishing.”

Post Game Interview with Senior Forward Tyler Ranalli: 

Meanwhile, the back four for the Colonials held strong, allowing only one shot on goal and contributing to the third shutout of the season for the team.

Thirty minutes in, goalkeeper JP van der Merwe played a big ball from the back, which six-foot-five sophomore Philip McQuitty flicked into the path of a cutting Ranalli who beat the keeper in similar fashion to his first goal.

The Colonials held out for the rest of the half, which became progressively more physical. Fifteen total fouls and a yellow card for a VMI’s Ripa Santo. This trend continued into the second half which brought two more yellow cards and plenty of hard fouls.

The Colonials won the physical battle, gaining an advantage on head balls and not giving VMI’s players a chance to breathe let alone shoot; the Keydets managed only four shots in the game. This is a tribute to the organization and teamwork of the defense.

Post Game Interview with Junior Defenseman Andri Alexandersson: 

Early in the second half, Ranalli spread the wealth. He played a low ball to junior Farhan Khan at the top of the eighteen; Khan beat a defender, and finished with a strong left-footed shot to the top left corner of the net.

The Colonials had a firm grasp on the game at this point, but Ranalli still owed us one more goal. It came on a cross from freshman Angel Valencia which Ranalli finished with a sliding effort to complete his hat-trick.

After his effort in today’s game, Ranalli was already looking forward to the team’s future, “This is definitely a building block to future games.  We expected to win this game…we’re going to move on to the next one and make sure we win that too.”

“Each game, we’re getting a little better in every area,” said 2nd year Head Coach Craig Jones, looking ahead to the direction the team is trending.

Post Game Interview with Head Coach Craig Jones: 

The Colonials will look to ride this momentum to victory against St. Peter’s in Jersey City on Wednesday, before coming back home to play Navy for the “Kickin’ It on The Vern” game on Saturday.

Posted on September 14, 2013, in Audio, Men's Soccer, The Week In Interviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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