Warner Lifts Women's Soccer Past Towson, 1-0, On A Goal In The Final Seconds
Sept. 21, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC - Kim Warner's (North York, Ontario/St. Joseph's) goal with 10 second left, launched the Colonials past the Tigers for a wild 1-0 win. Warner's goal was her league-leading seventh of the season and third game-winning goal. The shot beat the game-clock by just seconds in an incredible finish for GW (5-1-1) who is unbeaten at home since 2001. The Colonials are off to their best start in the program's 24-year history.
Warner scored off of a late GW corner kick, only the second for the Colonials. Warner put a perfectly placed shot over goalkeeper Yasmin Alter at the 89:50 mark in the second half. Ina Kain's (Irvine, CA/Woodbridge) corner kick hit several players in front of the goal before Warner could collect the ball and loop it over the keeper's head and under the crossbar.
GW Goalkeeper Anna Handzlik (Palos Verdes, CA/ Palos Verdes Peninsula/UC Boulder) secured her first career shutout and improved to an unbeaten 4-0-1 record. The transfer sophomore was called on to make seven saves on 11 Tiger shots. GW had 12 shots of which they directed five on goal. Towson's best opportunity came in the 82nd minute when Lauren Windsor beat the GW defense and shot a ball inches to the right of the Colonials goal. Windsor lead the Tiger's attack with four shots, three of which were on goal.
Warner also had an earlier opportunity when she raced the length of the field only to have her shot bounce off of the left post. Warner's counter attack was keyed by teammate Lise Backman (Beaconsfield, Quebec/John Abbot College). Backman broke up a Tiger's corner kick by heading the ball up to Warner. Warner than outran the entire field splitting two defenders and the keeper missing off the post in the final minutes of the first half.
Warner leads both the Colonials and the Atlantic 10 in goals (7), game-winning goals (3) and points (15). The fifth year senior has 79 points and 35 goals in her illustrious career which is third all-time at GW. With nine career assists, she needs just one more to make GW's all-time Top Ten list. Warner was the Atlantic 10's Offensive Player of the Year in 2002.
The Colonials will begin Atlantic 10 play by hosting Richmond on Friday, September 26 at 4:00 pm. GW is 7-0-1 at home since an overtime loss to conference rival Rhode Island on, October 26, 2001.