Women's Soccer Ties Maryland, 2-2, After Classic Colonials Comeback
Sept. 14, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Colonials came from behind to tie Maryland 2-2 extending their unbeaten streak at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex to seven straight matches. GW trailed 2-0 after an own goal but came back to tie on goals from Kelly Lawten (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) and Kim Warner (North York, Ontario/St. Joseph's). Lawten headed in a corner kick from Ina Kain (Irvine, CA/Woodbridge) in the 75th minute to bring GW within striking distance. Warner scored her fourth goal of the year to tie the game off of an assist from Lawten with less than five minutes left in regulation. The local rivals played two exciting overtime periods ending the monumental match with a 2-2 tie.
Despite falling to a 2-0 deficit, the Colonials would not give up. Junior defender Lawten rallied the GW troops by heading in a corner kick in the 75th minute. This was Lawten's first goal in her three year GW career and it signified a change in momentum that would ultimately even the score with the Terps. Lawten's goal came from an assist by sophomore Kain who had placed the corner kick in the middle of the box and out of the goalie's grasp. This was Kain's team-leading second assist of the season.
Lawten would then assist on Warner's game-tying goal at the 85:43 mark, just minutes before the end of regulation. Lawten played a ball long to Warner from behind the midfield line knowing her teammates incredible speed. Warner then out-raced three defenders for the ball and beat the keeper to even the score at two.
Warner nearly scored just minutes earlier despite being fouled twice on her way towards the goal. On a similar play, Warner beat the Maryland defense to a free ball. In an effort to catch Warner, a defender pulled Warner's jersey not once but twice without a call from the official. Warner, however, continued her run and beat the goalkeepr with a shot which hit the right post of the goal, missing by inches.
Freshman Sarah Sample (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) twice had chances to score against Maryland in the opening minutes. After beating the Terps defense, including her high school teammate Ashly Kennedy, Samples shots were saved by Maryland's keeper Kristen Barnhill who made six saves on the day. Sample had six shots three of which were on goal.
After thwarting several early GW attacks, Maryland's Audra Poulin scored off of a well placed corner kick from Kimmy Francis. This would remain Maryland's only goal until the Terps benefited from a GW own goal in the 57th minute. Caite Terranova (Ridgefield, CT/Ridgefield), attempting to clear a ball in the box, found her own goal after the ball deflected off of the Colonials' goalkeeper's right hand. Terranova's clear beat a Maryland forward to the ball but just moments but the momentum of the ball carried into the net. The Colonials defense would later save the game when freshman substitute Christine Jodrie (Frederick, MD/Thomas Johnson) cleared a shot from the goal-line in the second period of overtime to help Colonials goalkeeper Anna Handzlik (Palos Verdes, CA/ Palos Verdes Peninsula/UC Boulder) hold on to the tie. Handzlik made two incredible diving saves punching the ball wide to keep the score tied. Handzlik (2-0-1) has not been defeated this year and made 13 saves in goal for the Colonials who faced 32 Maryland shots.
The Colonials (3-1-1) tied Maryland for the first time since 1997 when current Maryland coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski coached the Colonials. GW is now 6-9-3 against Maryland and the two teams have played every year since Maryland's program started. Sunday's two goals against Maryland are the first in GW coach Tanya Vogel's (George Washington 1996) tenure against her former coach. GW has not been beaten at home since 2001 going 6-0-1 since then. The Colonials are 3-0 as the visiting team this season and play at Howard on Wednesday, September 17 at 2:00 pm.