Mountaineers Travel to Georgetown

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • August 16, 2013 04:09 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University women’s soccer team travels to No. 18 Georgetown on Saturday, Aug. 17, for a 4 p.m. exhibition match at Shaw Field, in Washington, D.C.

Saturday’s exhibition will be the final preseason contest for the former Big East Conference foes.

The Mountaineers defeated Rutgers, 3-0, on Aug. 13, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. Freshmen midfielders Bryce Banuelos and Tessa Broadwater, and senior midfielder Kara Blosser accounted for WVU’s goals. Senior forward Frances Silva assisted on all three scores.

WVU, predicted to finish first in the 2013 Big 12 Soccer Preseason Poll, placed a conference-best five student-athletes on the Preseason All-Big 12 Soccer Team: Blosser, Silva, juniors Jess Crowder (defender) and Kate Schwindel (forward), and freshman Ashley Lawrence (midfielder).

The Hoyas enter the 2013 season ranked No. 18 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Preseason Poll. GU is picked to finish second in the Big East Preseason Poll. Three Hoyas earned Big East preseason honors: junior forward Daphne Corboz (Preseason Offensive Player of the Year), senior Emily Menges (Preseason Defensive Player of the Year) and sophomore Emma Newins (Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year).

GU earned a school-record 16 wins in 2012 (16-4-3) and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Hoyas hosted Richmond in an exhibition match on Aug. 14, and results were not released.

The Mountaineers will break from preseason camp on Sunday, Aug. 18. The team will officially open the 2013 season at No. 4 Penn State in the Penn State Invitational on Friday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m., at Jeffrey Field, in University Park, Pa. WVU also will meet Syracuse at the invite on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 2:30 p.m.