Abbate, Brothers Named to A-10 Preseason All-Conference Team
GW Women's Soccer Selected Seventh in League's Preseason Poll
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The George Washington women’s soccer team was selected to finish seventh out of 14 teams in the 2014 Atlantic 10 Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the league announced on Monday. Additionally, junior Kristi Abbate was named to the Preseason All-Conference Team as a forward while senior Alex Brothers earned a spot as a defender.
GW, which reached the A-10 Championship for the first time in 11 seasons in 2013, received 110 total points in a vote conducted by the conference’s 14 head coaches. Dayton was selected to finish first while defending champion La Salle was picked second. VCU (third), Saint Louis (fourth), Massachusetts (fifth) and George Mason (sixth) preceded the Colonials in the poll, followed by Richmond (eighth), Saint Joseph’s (ninth), St. Bonaventure (10th), Duquesne (11th), A-10 newcomer Davidson (12th), Rhode Island (13th) and Fordham (14th).
The Buff and Blue wrapped last season with an overall record of 7-6-5 and an A-10 mark of 3-3-2. The squad allowed just four goals in conference action and limited its league foes to a .038 shot percentage. GW also shut out La Salle with a 1-0 victory last October to snap the Explorers’ 19-match regular-season A-10 unbeaten streak that spanned three seasons.
A two-year starting forward, Abbate picked up her second consecutive postseason honor last year as she was named to the A-10 All-Conference Second Team after earning All-Rookie Team accolades in 2012. She recorded two assists in 2013 and ranked second on the team with 34 shots taken.
The reigning team MVP, Brothers is a three-year defensive starter who was an integral part of the Colonials’ back line that limited opponents to a .086 shot percentage. She also helped the squad record eight shutouts throughout the season – the most blank slates since 1994.
Eight teams qualify for the 2014 A-10 Championship, which will be held at Dayton’s Baujan Field in Dayton, Ohio from Nov. 6 – 9.
GW returns to the pitch for its first exhibition match of the season on Wednesday, Aug. 13 when it welcomes crosstown rival American to the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m.
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