Men’s soccer team drops two weekend road contests

Zach Abaie, men's soccer
Then- junior Zach Abaie dribbles the ball down the field during a home game against Bryant last season. Hatchet File Photo

Correction appended

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Mary Ellen McIntire.

As the end of their season creeps closer, the Colonials suffered two tough losses on the road over the weekend, dropping twice to league foes.

GW opened weekend play Friday against Atlantic 10 newcomer, Butler, falling 4-0 to the Bulldogs.

Butler outshot the Colonials 20-9 on the game, with GW managing just three shots on goal throughout play. Junior co-captain Tyler Ranalli had a team-high two shots for the Colonials. Redshirt freshman goalie Jean-Pierre van der Merwe had four saves.

The team then travelled to Saint Louis to face the No. 20 Saint Louis Billikens Sunday, but was, once again, unable to score, and fell 5-0 to the Billikens.

GW let up an early goal in the 10th minute of play. Ranalli took the Colonials’ first shot in the 16th minute, but the ball went high, and within a minute the Billikens scored again, taking a 2-0 lead. GW had another chance in the 20th minute, when freshman Philip McQuitty took a header-shot that was saved by the St. Louis goalkeeper.

The Colonials found themselves unable to hold the Billikens for the rest of the half, however, as they scored again, ending the first half in a 3-0 lead.

As the second half began, the Colonials held St. Louis at their 3-0 lead. Ranalli took three shots, but was unable to put GW on the scoreboard. Van der Merwe, who had only one save in the first half, had two more in the second.

The Billikens, however, found the back of the net twice more before the end of the half, in the 81st and 88th minutes of play, ending the game with a 5-0 win against the Colonials.

The Colonials travel to Charlotte, N.C. Saturday for their final game of the 2012 season.

Editor’s note: Due to the interruption in the team’s travel plans caused by Hurricane Sandy, The Hatchet was unable to conduct a previously scheduled interview with head coach Craig Jones.

This post was updated Nov. 1, 2012 to reflect the following:

The Hatchet incorrectly spelled Philip McQuitty’s name. The correct spelling is now reflected. We regret this error.

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