GW Women's Soccer Stays Perfect at Home with 3-2 Win Over Cornell
Gaggioli, Neal, Murphy Tally Goals in Hard-Fought Victory
Sept. 3, 2012
Despite heading into halftime down 1-0, the Colonials used nine shots and five corner kicks to their advantage in the second to remain undefeated at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. Junior Alex Neal recorded her second goal of the weekend in the contest while freshman Amanda Gaggioli netted her first career goal and sophomore Meg Murphy scored her first of the season.
The last time the Colonials scored more than two goals in a game was on Sept. 4, 2011 when the squad defeated Robert Morris, 5-1, at home.
"The team that won today is the team I know," head coach Sarah Barnes said. "We started out a little slow but once we got going we looked really good. This was a great win for us to get at home."
Cornell (0-2) scored first at the 37:25 mark when Jayann Gabrio sank a free kick in the right side of the net and took the lead into the break. GW answered just 54 seconds into the second half when freshman Kristi Abbate sent a cross from the right side to the middle of the box where Gaggioli cradled the ball and sent it past Big Red goalkeeper Tori Christ.
Neal extended the lead at 60:17 when she dribbled her way around the Cornell defensive line and fired the ball into the left side of the net. The Big Red knotted the score less than 15 minutes later when Clara Gallagher pushed a deflection past Colonials' freshman goalkeeper Nicole Fasano, who had made two diving saves earlier in the play.
After carrying the ball up the right line and working her way around Cornell defenders, Murphy notched the gamewinner at 85:53 on an unassisted bullet into the left side. Cornell got off two more shots but was unable to connect and send the contest into overtime.
Fasano set aside a career-high eight shots on the day as the Big Red out-shot the Colonials, 22-13.
The Colonials return to action this weekend at the nearby Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md. GW will face off with Towson on Friday at 4 p.m., followed by a 12 p.m. game with Rider on Sunday.