GW Women's Soccer Welcomes Delaware for Exhibition Match on Sunday
Aug. 10, 2012
WASHINGTON – The George Washington women’s soccer team welcomes Colonial Athletic Association member Delaware on Sunday, Aug. 12 for a 1 p.m. exhibition match on the GW Soccer Field, marking the Blue Hens' first-ever trip to the Mount Vernon Campus.
The Colonials return to the pitch on Sunday following 11 days of preseason preparation and will face off with the Blue Hens for just the third time in program history. GW holds a 2-0 advantage in the all-time series, claiming both victories by 2-1 margins at Delaware’s Mini-Stadium. The first-ever match between the two squads came during the 1996 season, while the most recent contest was in 2010.
GW will take the field for the first time under first-year head coach Sarah Barnes, who took over the program following an impressive playing career at Connecticut and assistant coaching posts at her alma mater and Texas. Barnes looks to establish a winning tradition within the program as she has made 17 NCAA Tournament appearances in her last 18 seasons as both a student-athlete and a coach.
“We are looking forward to taking the field on Sunday and seeing how we play cohesively as a team,” Barnes said. “Everyone has worked extremely hard throughout preseason and this exhibition game will be a great time to see the hard work come together on the field.”
The Colonials return 21 letterwinners and nine starters from the 2011 squad that posted an overall record of 5-12-2 and a 2-5-2 record in the Atlantic 10, and also welcome 11 newcomers.
Delaware was selected to finish fifth in the CAA Preseason Coaches’ Poll following a fourth-place league finish in 2011. The Blue Hens – who put together a 10-7-4 overall record and a 5-3-3 mark in the CAA – welcome back 16 letterwinners and eight starters from last season’s roster and welcome nine newcomers.