Sept. 1, 2006
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- In the first ever Marshall women's soccer game held at Joan C. Edwards Stadium George Washington overcame the Herd by a score of 2-0. Colonial player Jordan Sweeny scored both of the George Washington goals in the second annual Thundering Herd Nike Invitational.
"The game was exactly what we expected. They [George Washington] just came off of a hard loss and we knew this would be a tough game," Head Coach Chris Kane said.
The Herd held GW scoreless throughout the entire first half. Freshman Julia Axelsson came close to scoring her third career goal when she carried the ball down field and fired a shot on goal from the six-yard box. Goalkeeper Aime Kern came off of her goal line to make the sprawling save.
"We came out and played hard tonight and played well. The one thing we did not do was finish and when you don't finish on a good team they will make you pay. George Washington was able to capitalize on two defensive lapses and made us pay," Kane said.
The Colonials scored the first goal of the match three minutes into the second half. Sweeny received a pass and took a point-blank shot on Marshall goalkeeper Liz Orton. Orton made the original save, but Sweeney was able to capitalize on the rebound.
Sweeney scored the second goal in the 53rd minute of play.
Marshall registered 11 shots in the game while George Washington had 16. Orton made six saves for the Herd and Kern tallied five.
"The test of a good team is how they handle the loss and ability to rebound. We play another good team on Sunday and we need to be prepared for the same type of game," said Kane.
Marshall will play the University of Delaware on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. in the close match of the second annual Thundering Herd Nike Invitational. Morehead State and George Washington will open play on Sunday at 11:30 am. Both games are slated to be played on Sam Hood Field.