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George Washington women’s soccer blanks UMBC 1-0

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WASHINGTON (Via George Washington University) – Senior MacKenzie Cowley netted her fourth goal in as many games on Thursday afternoon as the GW women’s soccer squad defeated UMBC, 1-0, at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus to remain undefeated on the year.

Cowley’s first half goal proved to be enough for the Colonials (4-0-0) as strong defense and a flawless performance by redshirt-junior goalkeeper Miranda Horn kept UMBC (2-3-0) scoreless for GW’s second shutout of the year.

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The Colonials controlled the ball for much of the first half with the game’s only goal coming in the 30th minute after rookie Olivia Di Cristofaro sent the ball from the left wing into the box to Cowley, who found the back of the net from 12 yards out to put GW up 1-0.

The Buff and Blue came out strong in the second half and nearly doubled the lead in the 56th minute when Cowley fired a shot that hit the crossbar. The Colonials remained aggressive, forcing five saves by the UMBC keeper in the second stanza.

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The Retrievers managed three shots in the second half but were unable to score.

Horn finished the day with five saves. Cowley led all players with five shots – three on goal.

Cowley has now scored in each of GW’s four matches this season and has already contributed two game-winners in 2016.

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The Colonials have now won their last 17 consecutive regular-season contests and look to extend the streak on Sunday afternoon at 12:30 when Arkansas visits the GW Soccer Field for the first-ever televised soccer match on the Mount Vernon Campus.

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