Shannon SoaresThe Hilltop is bustling and full of students as Wednesday marked the first day of classes. Our student-athletes trained early at 6:00 a.m. and then headed to classes for the day. On Thursday morning, we hopped on the Georgetown Hoyas bus and hit the road for our first matches of the season versus Appalachian State and Davidson.

In our first matchup of the weekend, we faced a tough Appalachian State team, whom we ultimately fell to 5-4 in the last two and a half minutes of play. We came from behind twice in the match, had some moments of brilliance, but also some moments of frantic play. It was a tough loss to swallow for our kids, whom have come so far in just a few short weeks, but from losses, we learn lessons and come away with adjustments to make in future games.

We had a short 15-hour turnaround before taking on Davidson, so we bused directly to Davidson for dinner and headed to our hotel for ice baths. The girls were up fairly earlySaturday for a scouting report and film on our opponent prior to a walk thru at the field. We headed back to the hotel, grabbed lunch, and the girls were able to get a bit of schoolwork done before heading back to Davidson’s campus for our 3:00 p.m. match.

We stressed the importance of confidence for Saturday’s match, being confident in our preparation and in our play, specifically playing to win versus “not to lose.” Aliyah Graves-Brown put us on the board first, while Weezie Chakejian followed suit about three minutes later. Davidson answered back with a goal off of a penalty corner, but rookie Megan Parsons notched the final GU goal off of a penalty corner strike from sophomore center back Devin Holmes. As a staff we were so proud of this group for turning the page after a tough loss, making the necessary adjustments, committing to the plan and fighting back.

In the 2013 season, Georgetown scored a total of 14 goals. This weekend, of our seven goals scored, five different student-athletes found the back of the cage. We are stressing the importance of having a relentless mentality in our attacking circle, fighting to keep the ball inside of the circle and FINISHING. We’re not there yet, but we are improving and taking steps forward.

While earning our first win of the season was exciting, we quickly turn the page and continue to push forward. We will work hard this week in preparation for our HOME opener on Sunday against a tough Lock Haven squad.

As always, thanks so much for your continued support of your program.

Shannon Soares

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