Women's Soccer Nets Third Straight Away Win With 3-1 Victory Over American
Sept. 10, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC - The Colonials (3-1) claimed their third road win of the year with a solid 3-1 defeat of American (1-3). Kim Warner (North York, Ontario/St. Joseph's), Ashley Squires (Rochester, NY/Our Lady of Mercy) and Sarah Sample (Annapolis, MD/ St. Mary's) all scored for GW in a commanding victory over the Eagles, the Colonials sixth in seven tries all-time. Sophomore goalkeeper Anna Handzlik (Palos Verdes, CA/ Palos Verdes Peninsula/UC Boulder) improved to 2-0 with the win and had a shutout until American scored their only goal with three minutes in the match.
Warner struck first among the Colonials' cavalry with a goal 18 minutes into the match. Last year's MVP beat two defenders and the goalie after taking a pass from fellow senior Meggan Eckert (Scottsdale, AZ/Dessert Mountain) just outside the goalies box. Eckert earned an assist, her first of the season and fifth of her career. Warner's goal was the 31st of her illustrious career in which she has amassed 71 points.
With two minutes left in the first half, Squires found the net finishing a fantastic pass from fellow sophomore Lise Backman (Beaconsfield, Quebec/John Abbott College) who earned her first assist of the year. Backman beat her defender one-on-one and served the ball from the baseline to Squires who finished off the effort beating the goalie to make it 2-0. Squires' goal, the game-winner, was her second in as many matches. The goal was an emphatic first half finish for the Colonials.
Sample stepped up to score GW's final goal of the match in the 63rd minute. With her unassisted goal, the freshman kept pace with senior Warner for the team lead in goals (3) and points (7). As of Wednesday's game, these are also league-high marks. Sample's goal was the result of a Nicole Cavino (Rye, NY/Rye) pass that instigated a foot race between Sample and American's goalie. When the Eagles keeper could not keep a handle on the ball, Sample kicked it into an empty net for a 3-0 lead.
Freshman Molly Eckert (Scottsdale, AZ/Dessert Mountain) made her GW debut with some strong defensive plays including clearing a ball off of the goal-line and tackle the ball free from an Eagles forward. Eckert also served up a pretty ball to Sample on a free kick. Handzlik again got the start in goal and had a shutout going before American scored three minutes before the final whistle. Handzlik has allowed only one goal in each of her two starts, both victories for the Colonials this year.
The Colonials face their toughest opponent thus far when Maryland visits the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex on September 14th at 1:00 pm. GW has not defeated Maryland since former coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski took over the Maryland program. The Colonials, who were undefeated at home last year, will look to extend their streak to seven games on Sunday.