Women's Soccer to Host LSU on Thursday

Aug. 29, 2017



KICKING OFF: The George Washington women's soccer squad will host LSU on Thursday evening at 5 p.m. for Kickin' It At The Vern before visiting cross-town foe American on Sunday at 2 p.m. Thursday's match will feature a cookout with games and free food for the first 200 fans in attendance.

LAST TIME OUT: The Colonials battled Liberty to a 1-1 double overtime draw in their home opener on Thursday evening. GW (0-1-1) had five scoring opportunities in the overtime periods but could not find the back of the net.

DYNAMIC DUO: Junior midfielder Sofia Pavon got the Buff and Blue on the board in the first half against Liberty, taking a pass from senior forward Brittany Cooper to put GW up 1-0. Cooper leads the soccer squad with six shots on net, while Pavon comes in a close second with five shots of her own.

BETWEEN THE PIPES: Redshirt senior Miranda Horn made 12 saves against Liberty on Thursday and has posted 15 saves so far this season, a mark that ranks fourth in the Atlantic 10. The Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, native leads the conference with 7.50 saves per game.

SCOUTING LSU: The Tigers maintained their perfect start on Friday when two first-half goals by junior Alex Thomas and freshman Dana Reed made the difference in their matchup against the visiting Lamar Cardinals. Junior goalkeeper Caroline Brockmeier saved each of Lamar's four shots on target to collect her third straight clean sheet.

SCOUTING AMERICAN: The Eagles suffered a 5-0 loss at the hands of VCU on Sunday. The Rams scored all five goals in the first 45 minutes and had three in a span of one minute. American will visit Longwood on Thursday before hosting the Colonials on Sunday.

BARNES' BULLETS: "I think something we're doing really well so far is creating goal scoring opportunities, certainly in the first half and even in the second half. We just haven't been really good in that final piece, the final ball, the finish. So we're definitely going to have to improve the execution. The good news is that we are creating them. Now, it's just a matter of making them a little bit sharper in the final execution. That's going to be really critical for us. Our speed of play has to improve and our support angles have to improve. I think if we do that, we're going to be a pretty good team."

LOOK AHEAD: The Colonials will go back-to-back at home next week when they host Towson on Thursday, September 7 at 5 p.m. and Saint Francis (Pa.) on Sunday, September 10 at 1 p.m.

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