GW Women's Soccer Tops VMI, 4-0, in Exhibition Match
Wallis Scores Twice in Colonials' Shutout of Keydets
Aug. 11, 2013
WASHINGTON – The George Washington women’s soccer team shut out VMI, 4-0, on Sunday morning in its first exhibition match of the 2013 season. Just five days into preseason training, the Colonials put their work to the test against the Keydets at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
GW scored a pair of goals in each half while putting on a dominating offensive presence, outshooting VMI, 37-1. Senior defender Jane Wallis netted two goals, scoring GW's first and last tallies of the day.
"Today was a great opportunity to evaluate our players against new competition. The intensity and work rate were ecellent," second-year Head Coach Sarah Barnes said. "We created a number of chances and we were pleased to score four goals. This is a good first step for us this season."
Following a Keydets foul inside the box 12:31 into action, Wallis found the back of the net on a penalty kick to put the Colonials on the scoreboard. Junior Nicole Belfonti then buried a shot off of a pass from freshman Lina Proska less than one minute later at 13:07 to push GW’s lead to 2-0.
VMI got off one shot in the first half but the attempt went wide, and GW took the 2-0 lead into the halftime break.
Sophomore Kristi Abbate – the Colonials’ 2012 leading scorer – tallied an unassisted goal five minutes into the second frame to put the Buff and Blue up 3-0 with a shot from the left wing to the far post. Wallis solidified the shutout with the final score of the contest just over three minutes later off of a free kick from 19 yards out.
GW welcomes Delaware on Friday, Aug. 16, for its final exhibition match of the preseason. Action at the GW Soccer Field is slated to kick off at 6 p.m.