Women's Soccer Kicks Off Season With A 4-0 Victory Over Toledo
Aug. 31, 2003
TOLEDO, OH -- The Colonials opened the 2003 season with a strong 4-0 victory over Toledo in Ohio. Kim Warner, last year's Offensive Player of the Year, led the Colonials with two goals including the game-winning first goal in the 22nd minute of play. Rookie Sarah Sample had an impressive GW debut with a goal and an assist. Nicole Cavino also scored in her first GW match while Ina Kain added an assist.
GW scored in the first half on Warner's unassisted goal off of a breakaway at the 21:25 mark. The Colonials would score again before the close of the half when Ina Kain executed a free kick to perfection placing the ball so that Cavino could flick it past Toledo's stunned goalkeeper. The Colonials entered the half with a 2-0 margin having outshot Toledo 5-1. Four of GW's first five shots were on goal.
Warner struck again at the 72 minute mark on an assist from freshman Sample. Sample would conclude the scoring with an unassisted goal of her own in the closing minutes of the match. All told, the Colonials took 10 shots eight of which were on goal resulting in the 4-0 win. Toledo, on the other hand, managed only five shots none of which found the target. Sophomore Kelly Paolucci was untested in goal behind a defense that allowed only one shot in the first half.
Warner was the Atlantic 10's Offensive Player of the Year in 2002 leading the league in goals with 15. During the course of last season, Warner moved from 20th to third place on GW's all-time points list. The fifth year senior was named to the A-10 Preseason All-Conference Team for 2003. Sarah Sample, who was honored as a Preseason All-Rookie Team member, made an immediate impact for GW in her first collegiate contest. She picked up three points (a goal and an assist) while putting a team-high four of five shots on goal. Redshirt freshman Cavino, who sat out last year with an injury, jumped at the chance to play scoring on one of two shots on goal. Kain, who tied last year's team lead with four assists including three early in the 2002 season, started 2003 as a playmaker with the first assist of her sophomore season.
In 2002, GW advanced to the A-10 Tournament for the first time since 1998 with a 10-9 season record good for fourth in the Atlantic 10 where the team was 7-5. The Colonials were credited by Soccer Buzz Magazine with having the #15 recruiting class in the region and were ranked fourth in the A-10 preseason poll.
The Colonials play next at the Georgetown Tournament with a Friday match against VCU scheduled to start at 2:00 pm. The team will then face tournament host Georgetown at 2:30 pm on Sunday, September 5th.
George Washington 4, TOLEDO 0
SHOTS: UT 5, GW 10