Category Archives: Men’s Soccer

GW Falls to Robert Morris in the Battle of Colonials

Matthew Ward
WRGW Soccer Correspondent

It seemed like it was going to be one of those days when everything went right for GW when Ranalli blasted the ball into the back of the net not five minutes into the game.  The home Colonials seemed in control, but a goal in the 23rd minute revitalized the Robert Morris Colonials, whose attack could not be stopped until the last fifteen minutes of the game. RMU controlled possession and wouldn’t give GW a moment of rest.

Head Coach Craig Jones had to say of his team’s performance, “The issue that we have right now is teams are not beating us, we’re beating ourselves by giving away goals.” That was no exaggeration. The Colonials have been outscored 9-3 in their last four games, which Coach Jones attributed to mistakes on the defensive side of the ball. The defense seemed out of sync and was sluggish to get back in transition.

However sloppy they were, GW was able to prevent Robert Morris from taking the lead until the 74th minute, when the Colonials defense gave up the ball just twenty yards from the goal, and RMU senior Brett Neco scored for the second time, beating GW sophomore goalkeeper JP van der Merwe with a shot to the bottom left corner of the goal.

“Basically it was a tactical error on the first goal… and an error by myself, too, that gave up the other goal,” van der Merwe said of the team’s defending after the game. The team’s major concern seems to be improving their defense.

The hot afternoon sun certainly didn’t make the Colonials feel any better, and both sides were getting verbal and physical, with each team meriting a yellow card in the final ten minutes of play.

Despite their struggles throughout the game, GW was able to press hard in the last fifteen minutes of the game to try to equalize. They were able to create several chances, but could not put the ball into the back of the net.

“We’ll do our due diligence in terms of the scouting reports and put together… an eleven on the field… that can get us some results,” Coach Jones said of his team’s preparations for their A-10 Conference opener at Dayton on October 11.  That is the next time the GW Colonials will take the pitch, looking to improve on their 3-6 record in nonconference play.


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.

Dominant Defense Carries GW to a Win over Rhode Island

Clay Miller
Staff Contributor

A game of contrast was marked by a dominant defense performance by George Washington in the Colonials 2-0 victory.  Constant on the ball pressure, frequent steals, and excellent play by goalie Luke Farrell limited the Rams chances for shots on goal and prevented the few they managed to take from going in.  The game was marked most by the aggressive style of the Colonials, as the ferocious defense combined with a constantly attacking offense snapped a three game losing skid and improved the Colonials record to 5-9.  The Colonials struck relatively early on a free kick from Glen Sousa, but the most impressive display of offense came in the second half, when the Colonials missed two breathtaking leaping kicks by about an inch.  One of these kicks caused a collision that stunned the packed audience.  The Colonials finally put the game on ice with six minutes remaining, when Seth Rudolph juked and jived his way for a spectacular game sealing score.

The Colonials will now get set to take on Massachusetts on Sunday. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. and you can listen live right here on

Quick Shift in Momentum Dooms GW Early Against UMBC

Kyle Menyhert
Staff Contributor

Seth Rudolph took a beautiful pass from Zach Abaie and bombed the ball into the left corner of the net. Rudolph’s early and brilliant goal came in the 8th minute for the Colonials and energized the fans right off the bat. Unfortunately though, the team was unable to defend that lead as UMBC stormed back to take the match 2-1 at Mount Vernon Field.  Milo Kapor, who made his presence very well known in the first half, landed a penalty kick in the back of the net in the 14th minute to tie the game It was his second goal of the season. It was followed four minutes later by Jordan Becker, who took advantage of a rebound off an excellent save by Colonials goalkeeper Jean-Pierre van der Merwe and gave the visiting Retrievers the lead with his first goal of the season. After that, the Retrievers’ defense stayed put and kept the Colonials at bay for the rest of the game.

GW started fast, but almost immediately felt the momentum shift to their adversaries after taking the lead. All three goals were scored within ten minutes of each other. The Colonials fought hard, but errors in communication ruined many of their chances as they only managed one shot on goal in the second half.

The team started to show its frustration as the game wound down.  Ross Higgins received a yellow card in the 79th minute, and Bailey Hinners received one eight minutes later. Tensions flared between the two squads as time expired and the entire Colonials team received a yellow card at the 90th and final minute.

The Colonials, now 3-4-0, will stay in Washington and play their next game against the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Wednesday at Mt. Vernon Field.