GW Falls to Rival Georgetown, Bounces back with Win over Salisbury On a Friday night, under the lights, GW battled local rival Georgetown. GW started a little slow, and it was evident that the Colonials had only had one practice in the two weeks leading up to this game. Georgetown came out playing much faster than either Stevenson or Mason had during our last games, but we were able to keep them off the scoreboard and went into halftime tied 0-0. The break gave us a chance to regroup, make a few adjustments, and calm the nerves. It paid off, as GW started to find their footing and the game balanced out. About 20 minutes into the half, center midfielder Mary Grace Braun dropped a pass back to center back Haley Gray, who just launched a long clearing ball to relieve some pressure. The ball ended up being a perfect pass over the Hoya defense and allowed forward Taryn Milbourne to run onto it for a breakaway. She placed her shot low and to the corner, giving the Hoya goalkeeper no chance. 1-0 GW. As expected, Georgetown responded quickly with a series of half-chances before being awarded a free kick from about 25 yards out. A perfectly placed ball caught our goalkeeper by surprise and bounced into the net with about 10 minutes to go. The Hoyas managed to score the winner following a slick passing sequence and an excellent piece of footwork to beat our defense and firing a shot into the upper corner. GW got another chance on goal before the final whistle, but it wasn't meant to be. It was GW's first loss of the season. Fortunately, GW was able to put that game behind them and get back on track 36 hours later against Salisbury. After a long road trip, GW came out looking much sharper than they did on Friday, connecting several passes together with ease before SU even got a touch on the ball. Around the 25 minute mark, forward Kait Manning made a great run down the left side and won GW a corner kick. She then sent in a dangerous ball that midfielder Sarah Marks was able to head back across the goal, where forward Maha Willis was waiting, unmarked, to volley home. About 10 minutes later, forward Aly Kruse deftly turned her defender and ran onto a through ball, leading to a 35 yard breakaway. Kruse made no mistakes here and rolled her shot into the back of the net and the Salisbury keeper came charging out. GW went into the half up 2-0 and feeling good. The second half saw more of the same - sharp passing, long stretches of possession, and solid defending. Goalkeeper Taylor Lupi clearly forgot all about the Georgetown game and came up with several huge saves and raced off her line to gobble up loose balls to preserve the shutout, before picking up a slight injury with 5min remaining, which gave freshman newcomer Grace Olenzak her first chance of the season. The win improved GW's record to 3-1 and the Colonials should remain at or near the top of the divisional standings with 2 games remaining. Next Up: Saturday, Oct 8 vs University of Maryland, 2:30pm, at GW's Mount Vernon Campus Saturday, Oct 15, 11am, @ American University
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!