GW Women's Soccer Falls Again 1-0, Drops Home Opener to UMBC
Aug. 28, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - For the second time in as many games George Washington University (0-2-0) fell 1-0 Sunday afternoon, losing to UMBC (1-1-0) in the Colonials' home opener at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex.
In the game's 70th minute, Retrievers' junior Amanda DiCarlo took control of a loose ball five feet in front of the Colonials' goal and knocked it in (2) for the eventual game-winning score.
GW rebounded from Friday night's 1-0 defeat at Navy, where it recorded just three shots the entire game, to fire off 14 against UMBC.
But Retrievers' freshman goalie Christine Backinski was outstanding, stopping six shots on goal to earn her first collegiate shutout.
Senior Anna Handzlik (Palos, Verdes, CA / Palos Verdes Peninsula (UC Boulder) was also solid in net for the Colonials, recording three saves in the defeat.
GW's offense applied heavy pressure on UMBC for most of the contest but just could not convert a shot. The Colonials came close to tying the match with just under eight minutes to play in regulation. Freshman Lauren Kelly (Oak Hill, VA / Bishop Denis O'Connell) lined up for a direct kick and executed a strong shot on goal, missing the cross bar by inches.
The Colonial defense played tough the entire game, holding the Retrievers to just four shots.
GW goes after its first victory of the year Friday, Sept. 2, at Howard. Game time is 3:00 pm.
The team returns home the following Sunday, Sept. 4, to face James Madison at 1:00 pm at the Mount Vernon Field located at 2100 Foxhall Rd., northwest Washington.