GW stays on top at the halfway point
Six different players find the net as the offense regains its form
Saturday, Sept 27, we continued our required league game schedule with a road game against Stevenson University and a non-divisional game against local rival, American University. The day started awkwardly with Stevenson sending us to the wrong campus so we arrived only 15 minutes before our game against American. The lack of warmups didn't have much of an impact and we took control of the game right from the opening whistle. Kaitlyn Manning opened the scoring about 10 minutes in, finishing off a perfect pass from Morgan Kelley. Later in the half, Ali Valentin managed to knock a cross from Kaitlyn into net. Not sure what body part was used, but a goal is a goal. The second half saw some tense moments defensively as GW struggled to hold it's shape, but senior goal keeper, Amy O'Halloran, kept American off the scoreboard.
The second game of the day marked our third required divisional game and the first ever meeting against Stevenson. Kaitlyn continued her hot form and latched onto a pass from Aly Kruse to open the scoring early in the first half. A combination of near-misses and great saves by Stevenson's goalkeeper kept the score 1-0 going into the break. The second half saw plenty of chances for GW, but each chance found a way to miss the target, until there were about 15 minutes remaining, when senior right back, Emma Reid, took a "eh, we'll see what happens" shot from about 35 yards out that found it's way under the crossbar and into the net. It was the goal no one saw coming, but over the next 8 minutes, GW added two more goals. Nally Kinnane went far post after a nice run down the wing by Kaitlyn and Olivia Dominquez faught off two defenders to tap in at the near post to make it 4-0 with 7 minutes remaining. But GW wasn't done just yet. With 90 seconds left, a Stevenson foul near midfield lead to a quick free kick, leaving Ali Valentin and Kaitlyn Manning in a 2v2 break. Ali's chip over the defense freed Kaitlyn on the breakaway, but she was brought down from behind, resulting in a PK, which sophomore Mary Gracy Braun buried, going to the keeper's right. It was a nice way for Mary to end the day, getting a goal with her family in attendance, who had traveled all the way from San Diego to see the game. Other than one brief moment in the first half, which forced a fantastic double-save, Amy O'Halloran, Emma Reid, senior captains Megan Chismar and Lauren Knoke, along with freshman Haley Gray defended well and seemed to put the struggles from the previous game behind them.
GW is now 3-0 in divisional play, with a +16 goal differential, to put us atop the table for the time being.
Next up: Oct 4 @ Loyola
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 4 years we have qualified for regionals and hope to do so 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!
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