Bryant to participate in Navy Invitational

Ari Goldberg (Athletic Communications)

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bryant University women's soccer team will be participating in its lone in-season tournament of the year this weekend, taking on host Navy on Friday night at 7 p.m. before squaring off against George Washington University on Sunday morning in the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md. 

The Bulldogs (2-1-1) are riding a two-game winning streak, and will look to extend that against the Mids (3-2-1), who have won three of their past four and are coming off a 2-0 weekend in South Carolina, where they defeated Charleston Southern, 1-0, and knocked off The Citadel, 2-1, in double overtime.

Bryant is fresh off a 4-1 romping of the University of Massachusetts.  Sophomore forward and reigning adidas/NEC Player of the Week Shana Follette (Plymouth, Mass.) went off for a pair of goals during that game, with assists coming from Kaitlyn Hinck (Bow, N.H.) and Jessica MacAndrew (Coventry, R.I.).  Sophomore striker Ari Goldberg (East Bridgewater, Mass.) also got on the board for the Bulldogs in that contest.

For Navy, sophomore forward Paloma Perez leads the team with three goals and one assist, good for seven points. Sophomore Ashlynn Soellner, meanwhile, was the hero against The Citadel last Sunday, scoring her first marker of the year in the 104th minute to net the game-clincher for the Mids.  Junior Brittany Fruin and sophomore Sam Newhaller have also found the back of the net.

On Sunday morning, the Black and Gold will round out the weekend against the Colonials (2-3) at 11:30 a.m.  Senior midfielder Sierra Smidinger leads the team with two goals and one assist, while classmate Lindsey Rowe is atop the A-10 with 45 saves through five games, and ranks second in the conference with a 9.00 saves-per-game average.  The Bulldogs have faced George Washington once before, falling 3-2 during the 2008 season in Washington, D.C.

Fans who are traveling to the game should know that driving onto the Academy without a Department of Defense sticker is prohibited, and have been guided to park at the football stadium ($5) and take the free shuttle to the game.  The shuttle runs approximately an hour before the game and will continue until an hour after the games end.  Maps, directions and a game day guide can be found here.

Following the weekend tournament, Bryant will travel to Holy Cross for a midweek non-league tilt on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.  The Bulldogs will return home next Sunday, Sept. 18, welcoming the University of New Hampshire for an afternoon affair at 1 p.m.

For continuing coverage of Bryant women's soccer, check back at www.bryantbulldogs.com, and follow the Bulldogs on Twitter @BryantAthletics.

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