WASHINGTON - The Columbia women's soccer team (0-1-0) dropped its 2012 season opener to the George Washington Colonials (1-2-0) Saturday. A 63rd minute goal from Alex Neal gave George Washington the 1-0 edge at the final buzzer.

Each team had early chances to score in the contest. George Washington's first opportunity came just four minutes into the action, as Adriana Moya's header ricocheted off the post. Columbia's Isabel King came back at the 16:42 mark with a shot of her own that was saved by the Colonials' goalkeeper. 

The even play continued through the remainder of the half, as the teams went to the half scoreless. Columbia held a slight advantage in shots, 6-5, while George Washington served up three corners to the Lions' one.

The early portion of the second half mimicked the opening frame, before the Colonials were able to break through. George Washington's Jane Wallis crossed a ball from the left side to the right portion of the net where Alex Neal knocked it home.

The Lions continued to battle throughout the remainder of the half, with Natalie Melo and Addie Jensen placing shots on goal, forcing Nicole Fasano to make saves.

George Washington would continue to hold off Columbia and secure the 1-0 win to move to 1-2-0 on the year.

Columbia will remain in the nation's capital, as it will take on Georgetown Monday afternoon. Game time against the Hoyas is scheduled for 1 p.m.