Women's Soccer Notches Second Consecutive Double-Overtime Victory, 1-0 at American
Sept. 25, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC - Junior Erica Wright (Cabin John, MD/Walt Whitman/Univ. of Pittsburgh) gathered an errant rebound on the right side of the box in the 105th minute and delivered a proper surface finish that sent the ball bending away from the keeper and into the back of net to give George Washington women's soccer (5-2-0) a 1-0, double-overtime victory against American (6-4-0) late Tuesday afternoon at Reeves Field.
It was the Colonials second consecutive double-overtime victory, after defeating Buffalo, 2-1, on Friday.
The Eagles dominated the first half of the match, as they out-shot the Colonials 10-1 in the first 45 minutes of play, nearly erasing the scoreless tie on numerous occasions. In the 31st minute, American's Brooke Sheppard blasted a shot over the head of GW keeper Amie Kern (Saylorsburg, PA/Stroudsburg), but the mall ricocheted harmlessly off the crossbar.
Less than two minutes later, AU's Mary Riegler was left open and took advantage, sending a shot on goal, but Kern was up to the task, sprawling to her right to make the diving save. In all, Kern recorded 13 saves on the day, setting a new personal career-high.
The second half told a different story, as the Colonials fought back and began to control play, with the 11 on the pitch constantly being spurred on by their teammates from the sidelines. During the first 20 minutes of the second period in regulation, play was almost entirely regulated to American's side of the field, as GW maintained possession throughout. The Colonial attack included a Brittany Eger (Sykesville, MD/Century) shot that sailed just inches over the crossbar.
Finally, in the second sudden death, after both teams had near game-winners in the first ten-minute overtime, GW broke through and secured the heavily contested road win. Dara Rosen (Rockville, MD/Richard Montgomery) sent a shot on net that was saved by American keeper Kelsey Wiggins, but not completely corralled, leaving the ball for Erica Wright, who did not miss her game-winning opportunity.
After the match, much of the win was credited to the GW defensive line, which featured junior Christy Mazzola (Bronxville, NY/The Ursuline School/Loyola, MD), senior Kierra Colker (Los Angeles, CA/Beverly Hills), freshman Jillian Morgan (Douglassville, PA/Owen J. Roberts) and sophomore Liz Hillin (Massapequa, NY/St. Anthony's), who was making just her second career start.
The win, the Colonial's second in a row, came despite being out shot 24-13 in the match. GW is now 8-3 all-time against American.
George Washington opens 2007 Atlantic 10 Conference play this Friday, when they play host to Xavier at 4:00 p.m., at Mount Vernon Field. The Colonials are 7-11-0 all-time versus the Musketeers, who are 1-8-0, 0-1-0 thus far this season.
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