GW Women's Soccer Unveils 19-Match Schedule for 2011
June 29, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. - George Washington women's soccer will host a pair of last year's NCAA Tournament qualifiers and a Big Ten opponent on the newly renovated synthetic turf surface at Mount Vernon Field, as well as travel to the West Coast's Bay Area, as part of its 19-match schedule for the 2011 season.
"We are so excited to embark on the 2011 season," said 12th-year head coach Tanya Vogel, a four-year standout for the Colonials from 1992-96 who was inducted into the program's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. "This squad is the perfect blend of experienced veterans and outstanding newcomers. Our fall schedule is designed to best prepare us for Atlantic 10 play. With a strong start against Georgetown, Saint Mary's and USF, we will hit the ground running and work hard to grow together as a team and peak at the right time."
The Colonials are set to return 12 letterwinners and six starters from last year's squad that posted a seven-match win streak en route to a 9-9-0 overall record. GW welcomes back its top three scorers, three starting defenders and senior goalkeeper Lindsey Rowe, while adding seven incoming freshmen, including TopDrawerSoccer.com Top 100 prospect Elizabeth Casey from Centreville, Va.
It was announced on June 10 that the home of GW women's soccer, Mount Vernon Field, will have its synthetic turf replaced this summer with expected completion in time for the start of the fall season.
After visiting Old Dominion for an exhibition match Aug. 11, GW will welcome 2010 NCAA tourney quarterfinalist and District rival Georgetown to Mount Vernon Aug. 19 for its season opener. The Colonials and Hoyas will meet for the third straight season and fifth time in the past six seasons.
The Colonials will then make their first trip to the West Coast since 2005 when they take on the Saint Mary's Gaels in Moraga, Calif., Aug. 26, and the San Francisco Dons Aug. 28. The matches mark the Colonials' first-ever against the Gaels and first against the Dons since 1989.
Vogel's squad returns to Mount Vernon Sept. 2 to battle Big Ten foe Iowa. The match against the Hawkeyes marks the Colonials' first against a Big Ten opponent since 1996 and the first time a team from the power conference has visited Mount Vernon Field. GW wraps the home weekend with the Colonials of Robert Morris Sept. 4.
GW travels to Annapolis, Md., the following weekend for the Navy Invitational with the host Midshipmen, Davidson Wildcats and Bryant Bulldogs. The Colonials first face the Wildcats Sept. 9 at 4:00 pm, then the Bulldogs Sept. 11 at 11:30 am.
GW and GWU will square off for the second straight year when the Colonials head to Boiling Springs, N.C., to face the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs Sept. 16. The Colonials knocked off the 2010 Big South finalist Bulldogs, 1-0, at Mount Vernon last fall.
The Colonials complete their home non-conference slate with a first-ever meeting against the Liberty Lady Flames Sept. 23, then finish non-league action against District rival American Eagles Sept. 26.
GW plays its first four Atlantic 10 Conference matches on the road before completing the league slate with five consecutive home games, highlighted by an Oct. 14 matchup against defending A-10 champion and 2010 NCAA tourney second-round opponent Dayton.
GW will visit 2010 A-10 qualifiers St. Bonaventure and Duquesne, along with last year's 13th and 14th-place league finishers Saint Joseph's and Temple, before coming home to Mount Vernon for matches against Dayton, Xavier, Richmond, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
The Flyers will host the 2011 A-10 Championship at Baujan Field Nov. 3-6.
For the first time, men's and women's soccer will be live video streamed on the official athletics website, GWsports.com. Those interested in subscribing can visit GW All-Access to sign up for the service. Options include monthly service or an annual package that currently includes Colonials men's and women's basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, and women's lacrosse.
In the heart of the nation's capital with additional programs in Virginia, the George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study, as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 130 countries. The George Washington University Department of Athletics fields teams in 22 varsity sports (10 men's, 12 women's), 16 of which compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
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