GW Women's Soccer Edged by No. 13 Georgetown, 3-2, in Home Opener
Rookie MacKenzie Cowley Nets Second Goal in as Many Games
Aug 30, 2013
WASHINGTON – George Washington women's soccer held a 1-0 lead at halftime, but No. 13 Georgetown rallied with three second-half goals to edge the Colonials, 3-2, in the D.C. Invitational on Friday afternoon at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
GW (1-1) took the first-half lead over the nationally ranked Hoyas just 44 seconds before halftime, but the visitors outscored the Colonials, 3-1, in the second frame to nab the victory and remain undefeated.
The first half was a defensive battle as Georgetown (3-0) held a slight 3-2 shot advantage over GW. Rookie MacKenzie Cowley netted her second goal in as many games to put the Colonials in the lead when she collected a cross from junior Madison Davis in the center of the box and buried the ball in the bottom right corner of the net.
Georgetown knotted the score at 1-1 just over three minutes into the second frame when Audra Ayotte took a shot from the left side of the goal and the ball dipped into the top right corner. In the 59th minute, senior Alex Neal nearly found the back of the net when she sent a high lob to the far left post, but her attempt went just wide.
The Hoyas then extended their lead to 2-1 at the 67:05 mark. Ayotte’s corner kick found Nicole Varela at the top of the box and she sent a shot to the left side of the net. Georgetown took a 3-1 lead just under seven minutes later as Grace Damaska fired a bullet to the top left corner.
Less than two minutes after Georgetown’s final tally, junior Elizabeth Casey sent a long pass from 30 yards out to the left post and classmate Nicole Belfonti headed the ball into the back of the net to pull GW within one. Brooke Bean took the final shot of the day for the Colonials off of a corner kick, but her attempt was stopped by Hoyas’ keeper Emma Newins.
Senior goalkeeper Nicole Ulrick set aside five shots in goal on the afternoon for GW.
The Colonials close the D.C. Invitational on Sunday when they welcome Saint Francis U for a 1 p.m. match. Sunday’s game features the Kickin’ it at the Vern cookout and tailgate where fans can enjoy free food and drinks.