The GW women's soccer team will host Atlantic 10 newcomers Butler and VCU as part of its 2012 schedule.
July 12, 2012
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WASHINGTON – The George Washington women’s soccer team has announced its 2012 opponents, including Atlantic 10 newcomers Butler and VCU, as well as NCAA Tournament qualifier LaSalle, as part of an 18-match schedule. The Colonials’ schedule is highlighted by nine home matches, including the D.C. Invitational, and three first-ever program matchups.
“We are really looking forward to this season as we will play several quality teams throughout the year,” said first-year head coach Sarah Barnes. “Teams like La Salle – which made it to the NCAA Tournament last year – Massachusetts and Richmond – which were on the verge of NCAA at-large bids – Big East runner-up Georgetown and A-10 newcomers VCU and Butler will allow our program to face tough competition and continue to develop. We are excited to show what we can do on the field.”
The Colonials lost just three players to graduation this past spring and are set to return 19 letterwinners and 10 starters from the 2011 squad that posted a 5-12-2 overall record and a 2-5-2 mark in the A-10. The Buff and Blue welcome back top scorers Adriana Moya, Taylor Katz and Alex Neal, in addition to Second Team All-Conference selection Samie Cloutier, while welcoming 11 incoming freshmen. The squad looks to earn a spot in the A-10 Championship for the first time since 2008, as the league has now implemented an eight-team, three-day tournament format.
GW first welcomes Delaware – which finished fourth in the CAA last season – to the Mount Vernon Campus for a 1 p.m. exhibition match on Sunday, Aug. 12. The Colonials officially open the season with back-to-back road contests, beginning with a game at district rival Georgetown on Friday, Aug. 17, followed by a match one week later at local foe and CAA opponent George Mason. The 2012 season marks the third straight year the Colonials open their season against the Hoyas, who are coming off their most successful season in program history after compiling a 15-6-0 overall record and earning a second-place finish in the American Division of the BIG EAST Conference tournament.
GW opens home action by hosting back-to-back first-ever matches against Ivy League members Columbia and Cornell for the D.C. Invitational. The Colonials host the Lions for their Welcome Back Match on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 1 p.m., before facing the Big Red on Monday, Sept. 3, for a 1 p.m. contest, which will feature a Labor Day Tailgate on the Vern.
The squad heads to nearby Annapolis, Md., Sept. 7-9 for the annual Navy Invitational. GW takes on Towson on Friday at 4 p.m., and Rider on Sunday at 12 p.m. The Colonials continue their road stand with a 7 p.m. match at Liberty on Friday, Sept. 14, where GW will look to avenge its 2011 loss in what was the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
Returning home for five straight games, the Colonials wrap up non-conference play with 4 p.m. matches against local foes American on Tuesday, Sept. 18 for the Greek Game, and Howard on Friday, Sept. 21 for the annual Kickin’ it at the Vern event. GW leads the all-time series with American, 11-4, and is undefeated against Howard at 5-0-1.
On Friday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m., GW opens Atlantic 10 action looking to "Stomp the Spiders" against Richmond, which earned a bye to the conference semifinals just one season ago. The Colonials then welcome conference newcomer VCU on Sunday, Sept. 30 for a 1 p.m. Alumni Day match. The two programs last faced off during the 2004 season, with the Rams coming away with a 4-0 victory. The Buff and Blue close out their five-game homestand with a 3 p.m. game against Charlotte on Saturday, Oct. 6, when the Colonials will look to earn their first-ever victory over the 49ers for the Kids Day/Camper Reunion game.
GW travels for the next four straight conference games, beginning with a 7 p.m. contest at LaSalle on Friday, Oct. 12. The Explorers earned a bye to the A-10 semifinals in 2011, and the Colonials own a 12-5 lead in the all-time series record. GW then heads to Fordham on Sunday, Oct. 14 for a 1 p.m. contest. The two programs are tied at 5-5-2 all-time.
The Colonials close out their road schedule with a 7 p.m. game at Rhode Island on Friday, Oct. 19, and a 1 p.m. match at A-10 runner-up Massachusetts on Sunday, Oct. 21. GW hosts Butler on Friday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. in the first-ever meeting between the two clubs for the Kick for a Cure game, then welcomes Saint Louis on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. for the regular season finale and Senior Day/Fright Fest game.
The newly-expanded eight-team Atlantic 10 Championship will be held in Kingston, R.I., Nov. 1-4.