NORFOLK, Va. – The Old Dominion University women’s soccer team (0-4-0) returns to the pitch on Friday night at 7 p.m. against George Washington (1-2-0) at the ODU Soccer Complex.
The last time out, ODU lost a hard fought 1-0 match in overtime to Radford (2-0-1) last Sunday afternoon at the ODU Soccer Complex. The Lady Monarchs and the Highlanders appeared to be evenly matched throughout Sunday’s contest. At halftime, ODU led the shot count 4-3 but trailed the corner kick count 6-2.
In the second half, Old Dominion was able to create more opportunities. The Lady Monarchs fired off a total of 10 second half shots and eight corner kicks; however, they just could not find the back of the net all day. Old Dominion’s defense made halftime adjustments as well, as the Highlanders were only able to attempt three shots and a mere one corner kick in the entire second half.
At the end of regulation, the score remained even at 0-0. In overtime, it was the Highlanders who struck quickly to end the match. Playing for a little over a minute in overtime, Radford managed to create a free kick opportunity from 38 yards out. It was then and there that Sydney Golden scored her first goal of the season by sailing the ball over ODU’s defense and freshman goalkeeper Meredith Lenox and into the top left portion of the net.
George Washington enters Friday’s contest with a road record of 1-0-0, as their lone away game turned out to be a 1-0 Colonial’s victory at American. In G.W.’s second match, the Colonials gave everything No. 13 Georgetown could handle but ended up falling just short, 3-2. On Sunday, George Washington fell again at home to Saint Francis 3-1.
The Colonial’s goalkeeper is senior Nicole Ulrick and she has protected the net for all 270 minutes throughout George Washington’s first three games. Ulrick and the G.W. defense are giving up an average of 2.3 goals per game.
Last year the Colonials went 5-12-1 overall and 1-8-0 in the Atlantic 10. This is head coach Sarah Barnes’ second season in control of the program.
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