GW Women's Soccer Reports for Preseason 2013
Colonials Return to Pitch Under Second-Year Head Coach Sarah Barnes
Aug. 7, 2013
WASHINGTON – George Washington women’s soccer was the first team to report to the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses this week to begin preseason training for the 2013 season.
Under second-year Head Coach Sarah Barnes, the Colonials kicked off preseason on Wednesday morning with a fitness test, followed by a Buff and Blue scrimmage. GW will return to the pitch twice a day, with morning and evening sessions, for the first 10 days of practice.
“It is great to have the team back on campus and back on the field,” said Barnes. “This is a quality group of student-athletes and we are excited to get to work to prepare for our first exhibition game this Sunday.”
After graduating four players last spring, the Colonials return 22 letterwinners and welcome 11 newcomers to the 2013 roster. Highlighting the returners for the Buff and Blue is top scorer and A-10 All-Rookie Team selection Kristi Abbate, who paced the squad with three goals and two assists one season ago.
“Last spring we focused a lot on mental toughness. It was a tough offseason and we grew so much stronger as a team on and off the field and in the weight room,” senior goalkeeper Nicole Ulrick said. “I am incredibly excited to start my senior season with fit, hardworking and competitive teammates, which includes a large class of freshmen who possess the same qualities. We are looking forward to continuing our progress and seeing all of our hard work pay off.”
GW welcomes VMI on Sunday, Aug. 11, for a 9:30 a.m. exhibition match. The Colonials then host Delaware on Friday, Aug. 16, at 6 p.m. for their final exhibition contest before traveling to nearby American on Friday, Aug. 23, for their season opener at 4 p.m.