Women's Soccer Plays To A Scoreless Draw Against Richmond
Sept. 26, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC - GW Goalkeeper Anna Handzlik (Palos Verdes, CA/ Palos Verdes Peninsula/UC Boulder) kept the Spiders out of the webbing securing a 0-0 tie with Richmond in the Colonials Atlantic 10 opener. Handzlik's stellar 15-save performance was her second straight shutout this year. The two playoff teams from last season played to a double-overtime scoreless tie earning a point-a-piece in the A-10 standings.
The two Atlantic 10 rivals battled for 110 minutes but neither team could finish a goal resulting in 0-0 draw. The Colonials keeper Handzlik was busy in the net making a season-high 15 saves for GW. Handzlik, a transfer who has started all but the first two matches, is now 4-0-2 with a 51 saves and a 0.78 goals against average. Versus Richmond, she was assisted by some solid team defense and several individual clears from junior Lindsay Bruno (Kensington, CT/The Loomis Chaffee School). Bruno cleared a crossing pass off of the line in the first 10 minutes of the match which may have been Richmond's best scoring opportunity. She then blocked a couple of Spiders shots in the second half.
GW was outshot in all but the second period, losing the battle of the shots 15-25. In the second frame Kim Warner (North York, Ontario/St. Joseph's) and fellow forward Sarah Sample (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) made a run at the goal in the 79th minute. The dangerous duo made several nice give-and-go passes but Warner could not finish the effort with a shot. Warner again got close in the middle of the first overtime period after an individual run resulted in an open shot from the top of the box but Richmond keeper Megan Cox made the save. Cox had four saves on the day including a controversial team save in the 78th minute when Warner redirected a corner kick from teammate Lise Backman (Beaconsfield, Quebec/John Abbot College) with her head from the right-side of the goal. Warner's header beat the keeper but was stopped by a defender in what might have been called a handball in the box. But the team save was effective as no call was made preserving a 0-0 tie.
Richmond, who has come off of tough contests against #1 North Carolina and #9 Duke, has not scored since September 7 in a 4-1 win over New Hampshire, their only win this season. The Spiders, however, won the Atlantic 10 tournament last year and are sure to compete for the title again in 2003. GW advanced to the A-10 tournament last season for the first time since 1998 and earned the fourth and final seed. With Richmond's tournament win, and Dayton and Rhode Island's at-large bids, GW was the only playoff team not to make the NCAA tournament. This season all four teams should contend in an A-10 tournament that will now feature six invitations. Richmond will host the 2003 Atlantic 10 tournament which is scheduled to start on November 7, 2003.
GW is now 5-1-2 this season which still ranks among their best result in the first eight games in the program's 24-year history. The team was 6-2 to start the year in 1994 and 1987, just better then the Colonials' current mark. GW has not lost a home match since an overtime loss to conference-rival Rhode Island on, October 26, 2001. The Colonials are an impressive 8-0-2 since then, including ties to Maryland and Richmond this year. GW competes in their last non-conference match at home versus Creighton on Sunday, September 28 at noon.