GW Women's Soccer Falls Short to Liberty, 2-1
Colonials Cannot Overcome Flames' Second-Half Goal
Sept. 23, 2011
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's soccer team out-shot Liberty 11-4 in the second half and held an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks for the match, but couldn't overcome the Flames' second-period goal and lost, 2-1, Friday afternoon at Mount Vernon Field.
Despite rain-soaked playing conditions for the full 90 minutes, GW (3-6-0) seemed virtually unaffected by the weather. The squad took 19 shots and used balanced offensive passing to control the majority of the action, but fell short when it came to connecting on goal.
Liberty (2-3-2) found the back of the net first when Lauren Stell scored on a perfect pass from Silvia Bentancourt. The goal came at the 5:04 mark and was the Flames' first shot of the contest.
The tandem of senior Sierra Smidinger and junior Molly Bruh - who have consistently worked together on attack - knotted the score at one 10 minutes later. Bruh sent a corner kick straight to Smidinger, the Colonials' leading scorer, and she deflected the pass off her chest past Liberty goalkeeper Karen Blocker.
The Flames broke the tie less than 10 minutes into the second half to seal the win for the visitors. Geena Swentik dribbled out of congestion at the top of the circle and fired a shot to the top left corner of the net.
GW got off several shots throughout the remainder of action and saw a number of opportunities to score. Freshman Madison Davis shot a line drive from the top right of the circle and missed just wide of the goal. Shortly after, classmate Taylor Katz's attempt fired back off the post.
Senior goalkeeper Lindsey Rowe made five saves on the day.
The Colonials return to action Monday, Sept. 26, when they travel to cross-town rival American for a 4 p.m. match.