GW Women's Soccer Downs Delaware, 1-0, in Exhibition Match
Aug. 12, 2012
WASHINGTON - Seniors Kayley Sullivan and Adriana Moya connected for a goal in the 20th minute and it was all the George Washington women's soccer team needed to defeat Delaware, 1-0, in an exhibition match at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus on Sunday afternoon.
Moya connected on the Colonials' first shot of the contest just over 19 minutes into the first half off of a pass from Sullivan, who dribbled her way into the box around the Delaware defense. Although the Blue Hens outshot the Buff and Blue, 9-7, throughout the match, GW's defensive pressure proved too much for the visitors.
The Colonials took the pitch for the first time under first-year head coach Sarah Barnes, who was hired in December following successful assistant coaching stints at Connecticut and Texas.
"This was a good chance for us to see how everyone worked together and see who belongs where on the field," said Coach Barnes. "I thought the team looked pretty good out there. We have a few days of practice before we head to Georgetown and we are excited to get back on the field and open the season."
Delaware fired three shots in the first period and six in the second, but the goalkeeping tandem of junior Nicole Ulrick and freshman Nicole Fasano, in addition to an aggressive defensive line, held the Blue Hens scoreless. Ulrick stopped three shots on the day while Fasano made a save in 10:51 of work between the pipes.
Freshman Kristi Abbate nearly extended GW's lead midway through the second half when she fired a shot from just outside the box, but her attempt went just over the crossbar.
The Colonials officially open the 2012 season on Friday, Aug. 17 at district rival Georgetown. Game time is set for 3 p.m. Fans can follow the action through live stats and via the @GW_Soccer Twitter handle.