Losses damage tourney chances

A pair of losses on the road this weekend severely damaged the GW men’s soccer team’s postseason chances. Massachusetts defeated GW 2-1 Sunday afternoon and Rhode Island defeated GW 3-1 Friday afternoon.

The Colonials (7-7-0, 4-5-0 A-10) are tied for fifth place in the Atlantic 10 with Duquesne and Xavier. All three teams trail Richmond, which is in line for the final playoff spot, by six points.

The Colonials lost to Massachusetts (13-3-0, 8-1-0) yesterday in a physical match that included 38 fouls and the ejection of GW forward Matthew Osborne.

The game was scoreless until the 57th minute when Ptah Myers beat GW goalkeeper Nick Parypinski to put the Minutemen up 1-0. The Minutemen then went up 2-0 on a goal by Jeff Deren.

A-10 Rookie of the Week Arnar Johannsson scored the Colonials only goal, his seventh of the season.

The Colonials lost to No. 22 Rhode Island (12-2-1, 8-1-0) on Friday afternoon in Kingston, R.I. Rhode Island dominated the game from the outset, but the Colonials kept the game close thanks to Parypinski, who had a season-high nine saves and took a shutout into the second half.

The Rams opened the scoring on a goal by Perek Bellah seven minutes into the second half. Gareth Elliot doubled URI’s lead 2-0 in the 71st minute when he headed the ball past Parypinski.

After a Johannsson goal cut the lead, URI’s Peter Benevides scored to give the Rams a 3-1 victory.

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