Women's Soccer Falls in Season-Opener to No. 23 Georgetown
Aug. 19, 2011
WASHINGTON - Despite a valiant effort on both the offensive and defensive ends, the George Washington women's soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision to No. 23 Georgetown Friday evening in the season-opener at Mount Vernon Field. The Colonials fall to 0-1 for the year while the Hoyas improve to 1-0.
GW, which entered the contest with 10 new players on its roster, put up a fight against its nationally-ranked cross-town rival.
"The Hoyas are coming off of their program's best history, and it showed," said GW head coach Tanya Vogel. "They executed on their set plays and put us under pressure from the opening whistle."
Just 32 seconds into the match Georgetown netted its first goal to take a 1-0 lead. Samantha Baker's cross-goal throw in went straight to Kailey Blain, who headed the ball in for her first goal of the evening.
Though the remainder of the half remained scoreless, GW battled throughout the period. At the 24:30 mark sophomore forward Alex Neal fired off a shot from the far left side of the field that looked like it could tie the game, but the ball veered just right of the net.
Senior goalkeeper Lindsey Rowe came up big in the first half, setting aside nine shots on goal. With less than 16 minutes remaining in first-period action, Rowe stopped the visitors from taking a two-goal lead with an incredible fingertip save from Georgetown's All-America midfielder Ingrid Wells.
Blain registered her second goal of the night 16 minutes into the second period to give the visitors a 2-0 edge. Baker sent a corner kick to Wells who connected with Blain on the goal.
Wells then drew a Colonials foul in the box less than two minutes later and converted a penalty shot in the lower left corner to seal the Hoyas' result.
Georgetown held a 12-2 advantage in corner kicks and a 25-7 shot advantage. Hoyas' goalkeeper Hanna Monson registered three saves throughout the game.
"Today I am most impressed with our senior captain Lindsey Rowe," said Coach Vogel. "She kept us in the game and gave us great opportunities to find our rhythm and create solid goal-scoring opportunities."
Rowe tallied a remarkable 15 saves in 90 minutes of action.
The Colonials return to action next weekend when they make their first trip to the West Coast since 2005. Coach Vogel looks forward to players from the West Coast like Taryn Dietrich, Adriana Moya, Samie Cloutier, Alex Brothers, Claire Haft and Sarah Hayashi to play closer to home and in front of a familiar fan base.
GW takes on Saint Mary's in Moraga, Calif., Aug. 26 for the first time in program history, followed by a trip to the University of San Francisco Aug. 28 to face the Dons for the first time since 1989.