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September 11, 2011

Women's soccer shuts out GW, 1-0

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rookie forward Suzanne Sanders (West Chester, Pa.) scored for the second straight game, propelling the Bryant University women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory against George Washington in the Navy Invitational on Sunday.  Bryant improves to 3-2-1 on the season, while the Colonials fall to 2-5-0.

Sanders took a pass from junior midfielder Alex Bengston (Andover, Mass.) in the 28th minute in the first half, and beat Nicole Ulrick (six saves) to account for the only goal of the contest.  The Pennsylvania native, who was previously named the adidas/NEC Rookie of the Week after earning an assist in her first collegiate game, also found the back of the net two days earlier against Navy.

The Bulldogs held a 6-5 advantage in corner kicks, while both teams recorded six fouls apiece. 

After halftime, Bryant came out and quickly reeled off a pair of shots, but could not add to its total.  Sanders' lone goal would be more than enough, however, as a strong effort by the back line kept GW at bay for the remainder of the game.

Despite garnering 16 total shot attempts, the Colonials were held to just three shots on target, and were stonewalled by Bryant goaltender Kelsi Jacob (Mahwah, N.J.).  The junior improved to 2-1-0 on the season, and registered three saves for her first solo shutout of the year.

For her efforts, Sanders was one of three Bryant players named to the Navy Invitational All-Tournament Team.  Joining her were seniors Stephanie Morse (Warwick, R.I.) and Mary Green (Merrick, N.Y.)

Bryant will next head to Worcester, Mass., taking on Holy Cross on Wednesday (Sept. 14) evening.  The Bulldogs will return home next Sunday, Sept. 18, hosting New Hampshire 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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