Salichs Named Women’s Soccer CAA Player of the Week

Posted: October 12, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The George Mason women’s soccer team played exceptional defense this past weekend, and it showed in the final score as the Patriots earned a pair of shutout wins in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) action and extended their winning streak to three straight. Mason got superb play from its defense, which was anchored by junior Laura Salichs.

On Monday, Salichs became the first defender this season to be named Brine CAA Women’s Soccer Player of the Week. The native of Alpharetta, Ga., did not record a point in Mason’s wins but her contributions were just as significant. While junior goalkeeper Kasey Davenport played well to stop every shot she faced, the defense led by Salichs allowed very few scoring opportunities in a 1-0 win over the University of Delaware and a 2-0 win over Drexel University.

The Blue Hens and Dragons combined for just five shots on goal in 180 minutes and just nine total shots in the two matches. After allowing double figure shots in eight straight matches, the Patriots have held the opposition to single figure shots in three straight matches resulting in wins.

Salichs has played all but 20 minutes this season for the Patriots as Mason has been beset by injuries that have knocked out four players for the season. That hasn’t stopped the Patriots from earning a .500 mark in CAA play, as they stand at 3-3-0, tied for sixth in the conference. The top six teams make the CAA Tournament.

Salichs and the Patriots will be in action this weekend against two of the conference’s top teams. Old Dominion University comes to Fairfax on Friday, Oct. 13. The Monarchs are 4-1 in conference play, 12-1-0 overall. On Sunday, the Patriots host the College of William and Mary, which is 4-0-1, 10-1-2 overall.

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