The Spring season is always a time to focus on development and to build towards the following Fall. This season has been one of the best Spring's we've had in a long time. After a 3+ month layoff following Regionals in October, our first action of the spring was at the annual UMD Indoor Tournament in February. It took a few games to get our groove back, but was a great way to kick the rust off before getting back outside. Our first outdoor game of the spring was at home vs Towson, who beat us 5-1 in the fall. Cindy LaBarge opened the scoring for GW early in the first half, but a late foul lead to a free kick goal just before the half-time whistle. Towson would capitalize on a fast break later in the game as GW fell 2-1.
Next up was an 8v8 scrimmage against Stevenson on a day when we had to combat rain, hail, snow, wind, and a field in need of a lawn mower. We created a ton of chances, but only converted on two of them. Mary Grace Braun scored her first of the season (second in two games at Stevenson lifetime) and Cindy knocked in a second half cross from Mary Grace to account for our two goals. The game marked a turning point in the team mentality, as the physical tone ended up bonding the team in a way practice had not yet achieved.
Our third spring game was at home against local rival, American. After a rocky start, we changed our formation and it immediately paid off as a slick passing combination resulted in a free kick. Senior Emma Reid sent the ball into the box and Sophomore Gabi Passos was able to head it home. American responded with a goal of their own late in the half to tie it up 1-1 at the break. GW completely dominated the second half, with several players all getting quality chances before freshmen Caelen Marinelli knocked one in off the right post with 5 minutes left to play. GW held their nerve and withstood the late game pressure from American to preserve the win.
Our last game of the spring will be against UMD. It'll mark the last game for GW by a quintet of seniors: Nally Kinnane, Emma Reid, Leyla Wirtz, Elena Auer, and Brianne Cositore. Their contributions over the last four seasons have been tremendous and we'll certainly miss them.
Info about the team: The GW Women's Club Soccer team was founded in 2001 and since then we have grown into a fun and competitive team. We compete in a league during the fall against other schools in the area. For the past 5 years we have qualified for regionals and will be going again this year! During the fall we have practice 2-3 times during the week (two outdoor and sometimes one indoor) and games on the weekend. While we are a competitive we also like to have fun and do things as a team!