GW Women's Soccer Gears Up for A-10 Championship
Seventh-Seeded Colonials to Face Second-Seeded La Salle in Quarterfinals on Thursday Morning
Nov. 5, 2013Follow @GWWomensSoccer
RICHMOND, Va. - George Washington makes the trip to Richmond, Va., this week for the 2013 Atlantic 10 Women's Soccer Championship, held from Thursday, Nov. 7 - Sunday, Nov. 10 at VCU's Sports Backers Stadium.
Seventh-seeded GW will rematch with No. 2 seed and defending A-10 Champion La Salle in the first quarterfinal game of the championship, which is slated for Thursday at 11 a.m. The two squads will meet for the second time this year after the Colonials blanked the Explorers, 1-0, on Oct. 11, snapping La Salle's 19-match regular-season conference unbeaten streak that spanned three seasons back to Oct. 2010.
GW finished the regular season 3-3-2 in conference play with 11 points and 7-5-5 overall. The Colonials secured a bid to the A-10 Championship for the first time in 11 years after shutting out conference foe Richmond, 2-0, on Sunday at home in their regular-season finale.
The Buff and Blue's blanking of the Spiders on Sunday was their eighth shutout of the season - the most for the Colonials since 1994. Five of GW's eight clean sheets have come against A-10 opponents and ranks second in the league, while the Colonials have limited their conference foes to just four goals combined in eight matches.
Senior goalkeeper Nicole Ulrick and the GW defense - which is anchored by juniors Alex Brothers, Elizabeth Casey and MacKenzie McIndoe and senior Melanie Keer - have limited their opponents to a 0.77 goals-against average, good for second in the A-10 and 46th in all of NCAA Division I. Ulrick, who has set aside 67 shots playing every minute between the posts, also ranks second in the conference with a .827 save percentage while her eight shutouts rank atop the league standings.
The GW offense is paced by senior Jane Wallis with four goals and an assist for nine points on the season, and the rookie duo of MacKenzie Cowley (3 g, 1 a) and Lina Proska (3 g, 1 a) is tied for second on the team with seven points. The Colonials are balanced on the attack as nine different players have scored this season and 11 have recorded assists.
La Salle (13-4-2, 5-2-1 A-10) finished the year tied with Saint Louis in the league standings. The Explorers' offense is led by reigning A-10 Player of the Week Kelsey Haycook (14 g, 10 a, 38 pts), in addition to Renee Washington (7 g, 6 a, 20 pts), Maryam Huseini (1 g, 13 a, 15 pts) and Anna Dolhansky (4 g, 7 a, 15 pts). Goalkeepers Katie Getzinger and Jessica Wiggins have shared time in the net and have combined for 69 saves and a 0.76 goals-against average.
Fans can follow live action throughout the A-10 Championship by following GW women's soccer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Live video and live stats links, in addition to brackets, directions and ticket information can be found at the A-10 Championship Central page.
Atlantic 10 Championship Seeds & Final Regular-Season Records
No. 1 Dayton (12-5-1, 7-1 A-10)
No. 2 La Salle (13-4-2, 5-2-1 A-10)
No. 3 Saint Louis (6-10-2, 5-2-1 A-10)
No. 4 St. Bonaventure (7-9-1, 4-4-0 A-10)
No. 5 George Mason (7-10-1, 4-4-0 A-10)
No. 6 Massachusetts (7-8-3, 3-3-2 A-10)
No. 7 George Washington (7-5-5, 3-3-2 A-10)
No. 8 VCU (8-7-3, 3-3-2 A-10)
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