Elson's Goal Lifts GW Women's Soccer to 1-0 Exhibition Win Over Delaware
Colonials Open Regular Season at American on Friday, Aug. 23
Aug 16, 2013
WASHINGTON - Freshman Kate Elson broke a scoreless tie with just over two minutes remaining in action to lift the George Washington women's soccer team to a 1-0 exhibition victory over Delaware on Friday night at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
Elson cradled a pass from senior Alex Neal at the top left corner of the box, dodged around Blue Hens' goalkeeper Jess Figueroa and sent the ball to the bottom right corner of the net to give the Colonials the 1-0 advantage with 2:06 showing on the clock. The Colonials enter the regular season in a week following two exhibition shutout victories over VMI and Delaware.
GW controlled the tempo and maintained possession for the majority of the contest, outshooting Delaware, 11-5, and limiting the visitors to just two shots in the second frame after holding a 7-3 shots advantage at halftime. Junior Nicole Belfonti took a game-high three shots, while senior Jane Wallis and Elson each had a pair of attempts.
Junior Elizabeth Casey nearly broke the scoreless draught with 12 minutes to play when she headed the ball directly in front of the net, but her shot went just high and was deflected by the crossbar.
Senior goalkeeper Nicole Ulrick set aside three shots in 61 minutes of work for the Buff and Blue, and rookie Miranda Horn, who came in midway through the second half, made one save. The Colonials forced Delaware goalkeepers Figueroa and Jess Levy to make four saves combined.
GW opens the 2013 season at local rival American on Friday, Aug. 23. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m.