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George Washington women’s soccer opens season with win over St. Francis (PA)

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LORETTO, Pa. (Via George Washington University) – The George Washington women’s soccer squad opened 2016 with a 1-0 victory at St. Francis (Pa.) on Friday afternoon at the Red Flash’s Stokes Soccerplex.

The Colonials played a tight first half, edging St. Francis in shots, 9-8, including a run of five shots within a seven-minute span early on, but could not find the back of the net as the first half ended scoreless.

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In the second half, GW broke the stalemate when rookie Olivia Di Cristofaro fed a through ball from the left wing to senior MacKenzie Cowley at the top of the box. Cowley then fended off a defender to place the ball into the bottom right corner of the net to put GW up, 1-0, in the 48th minute. The assist marked Di Cristofaro’s first career point.

The Colonials controlled the ball for much of the second half, owning a lopsided advantage in shots, 10-3, in the final stanza. GW nearly added another goal in the 87th minute when a Cowley pass found redshirt junior Ivana Szwejkowski at the top of the box for a strong shot that hit the crossbar.

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GW held St. Francis shotless after the 61st minute.

Redshirt junior Miranda Horn began the season with a complete game shutout, tallying six saves in her 90 minutes of play.

Cowley led all players with 11 shots – six on goal – while junior Brittany Cooper added three shots, efficiently hitting her target twice.

The Colonials wrap their season-opening weekend of play at home on Sunday as Cleveland State visits the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus for a1 p.m. match.

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