Sports in Brief

Men’s soccer opens Wednesday

The GW men’s soccer team will open its season Wednesday against American at George Mason as part of the D.C. College Cup. The Colonials will also play Howard on Saturday as part of the event.

GW, which won its lone preseason contest 3-2 over VMI Thursday, is led by senior Andy Stadler, whose 22 career goals already place him inside the program’s all-time top 10. Stadler was recently named to the preseason watch list for the Hermann Trophy, an annual award given to the nation’s top individual collegiate soccer player. Joining him will be a slew of fellow seniors, as well as sophomore forward Yoni Berhanu, last season’s Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year.

The Colonials went 8-6-3 overall last season and registered a 4-3-2 mark in A-10 play, though they missed out on the conference tournament due to a goal-differential tiebreaker.

Number Crunch: Zero

The number of goals allowed by GW sophomore goalkeeper Lindsey Rowe in Sunday’s win at Mount St. Mary’s. It was the first shutout this season for Rowe, who recorded five as a freshman last season.

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