Neal's Tally Lifts GW Women's Soccer Over Columbia in Home Opener

Junior Jane Wallis assisted Alex Neal's gamewinner in GW women's soccer's 1-0 win over Columbia.

Sept. 1, 2012

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WASHINGTON – Junior midfielder Alex Neal settled a cross from classmate Jane Wallis and buried a shot into the right side of the net to lift the George Washington women’s soccer team to a 1-0 win over Columbia in the Colonials’ home opener on Saturday afternoon.

The win at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus gives first-year head coach Sarah Barnes her first victory with the Buff and Blue as it improves to 1-2 on the year.

“I think we have a lot to be proud of today,” said Coach Barnes. “We played well and executed our game plan against a good team. We deserved this win.”

Neal and Wallis connected for the lone goal of the contest, which was the first-ever between the two programs, after 63 scoreless minutes and eight shot attempts. Freshman goalkeeper Nicole Fasano, who made her second career start between the pipes, picked up her first career shutout with four saves.

The Colonials held an 11-9 shot advantage over the Lions (0-1), including 6-3 in the second half, and saw several scoring opportunities narrowly miss the frame. Just over four minutes into the match, senior Adriana Moya headed a corner kick from fellow senior Molly Bruh that deflected off the right post. At the 26:59 mark, Neal ripped a shot that sailed just over the upper right corner of the net.

GW used solid passing and steady ball control to work its way around Columbia’s defensive pressure, forcing Lions’ keeper Grace Redmon into four saves.

The Colonials return to action on Monday, Sept. 3 with a 1 p.m. contest against Ivy League member Cornell. The Big Red fell to nearby Georgetown, 6-1, on Saturday in their season opener.

Fans who cannot attend Monday’s match can watch the action live via GW All Access, follow GameTracker live stats or the @GW_Soccer Twitter handle.



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