Women's College Soccer
Rider University 1, George Washington U. 0
ANNAPOLIS, MD-Practice makes perfect.
The Broncs won Sunday with a goal on a play they have practiced extensively.
Senior Claire Thompson (East Greenwich, R.I./E. Greenwich) scored the lone goal of the game to lead Rider to victory over GW in the second round of the Navy Invitational Sunday afternoon.
"It was a tough game," said Rider head coach Drayson Thompson. "GW has some really talented players. This is a really good win over an A-10 team."
Thompson scored her second goal of the season and the 10th of her career at the 62 minute mark on an assist from senior Demi Mello (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) on a free kick.
"We were able to execute a set piece that we've practiced," Hounsome said. "Demi put in a great ball."
"Demi put in a really good ball and I was able to get a head on it and it dropped to my feet," said Thompson, whose 10 career goals is 12th most ever at Rider. "I was able to just slip it past the goalkeeper. It was a play we practice over and over and over again, and Demi put in a perfect ball."
GW (3-3) out-shot Rider (5-1) 13-7 but Rider had five shots on goal to GW's two.
Rider senior goalkeeper Jenn Nichols (Stratham, N.H./Exeter) needed to make just two saves for her fourth shutout of the season. Nichols made 13 saves in the two-game tournament and was named to the All-Tournament team along with Thompson and senior Kaitlin Wylie (Croydon, Pa./Pennsbury).
The Broncs were playing Sunday after a night game Friday. "I was pretty tired today," Thompson said. "My legs were pretty fatigued so it was a grind today, so it is really good to come out on top."
The only other time Rider played GW was during the 2006 season, a 3-1 loss to the Colonials.
Rider travels to cross-state rival Monmouth next Sunday afternoon. "Monmouth is a strong team every year," Thompson said, "so it will be a good indicator of what we'll see when the conference games begin."
After a tough weekend the Broncs will rest a few days before resuming practice. "We learned last year that we need some time to recover from these types of weekends, so we'll be off until Wednesday and we'll look forward to Monmouth on Sunday," Hounsome said.
On Wednesday, more practice on the way to perfection.