GW women’s soccer starts A-10 season perfectly

It was a winning weekend in Philadelphia for junior Erin Coppedge and the GW women’s soccer team. Coppedge stole the show and led the Colonials to a pair of hard-fought wins over Atlantic 10 rivals St. Joseph’s and Temple with hat-tricks in both games. Head Coach Tanya Vogel experimented with Coppedge, usually a defensive back, by mixing her into the offense. And Vogel’s experiment worked.

She is our most technical player, Vogel said. So when she gets an opportunity to finish on a goal, she does. She capitalized on her six chances this weekend and the team will definitely look to get a lot more out of her.

This weekend was a turning point for the Colonials (3-7, 2-0 A-10), who have a renewed confidence as they look ahead to La Salle and Fordham at home next weekend.

It’s easy to get up for conference matches and the team was definitely up this weekend and we will use this as a launching pad for two more conference games home this week, Vogel said.

GW 4, St. Joseph’s 3 (OT)
Sunday, Oct. 1

Erin Coppedge scored her third goal of the game in the 104th minute as the Colonials defeated host St. Joseph’s 4-3 in overtime at Finnesey Field. The victory gave the Colonials a 2-0 start to begin their A-10 season. Coppedge scored her first goal in the ninth minute and broke a 1-1 tie in the 69th minute. It looked like the Colonials were going to win in regulation when Kim Warner scored in the 82nd minute, but a late goal by St. Joseph’s Kim Miller tied the game in the 86th minute

GW 3, Temple 2,
Friday, Sept. 30

Friday’s 3-2 victory was an intense road contest, but Coppedge and the Colonials hung on in the end to secure the win. Coppedge’s two goals came early in the first half, but Temple answered back quickly on a penalty kick. Coppedge then responded to Temple’s score with her third goal of the game, which proved to be the game-winner after the Owls struck late.

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