GW Women's Soccer Hosts VMI in Sunday Exhibition Match

Players battle for the ball in a Buff and Blue scrimmage during preseason.

Aug. 10, 2013

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WASHINGTON – Following four days of preseason training, the George Washington women’s soccer team will immediately put itself to the test as it welcomes VMI for an exhibition match on Sunday, Aug. 11. Kick-off on the GW Soccer Field at the Mount Vernon Campus is slated for 9:30 a.m.  

The first-ever meeting between the Colonials and the Keydets will serve as an exhibition match as both programs prepare for the 2013 campaign. GW, which began preseason training on Wednesday, also hosts Delaware for a 6 p.m. exhibition contest on Friday, Aug. 16, before opening its season at American on Friday, Aug. 23.

GW returns 22 letterwinners and seven starters from last year’s roster, including 2012 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team selection Kristi Abbate (3g, 2a, 8 pts) and senior Alex Neal (3g, 1a, 7 pts). The Colonials will debut 11 freshmen this season as they look to improve upon a 5-12-1 record and 1-8-0 A-10 mark from Coach Barnes’ first season at the helm of the program.

VMI went 1-16 overall one season ago and 0-11 in Big South action. The Keydets return 10 letterwinners from the 2012 squad and welcome six newcomers.

"The team is really excited to play our first game Sunday, even though we’ve only had four days of preseason,” said senior Melanie Keer. “We have been working on team defense, and all of the returners are really impressed with the ability of the freshmen to understand the defensive style the coaches are stressing. Our team has grown so much in the past year and everyone has the same end goal in mind, and this game is a chance for us to take the first step in what will be a very exciting season."



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