Women's Soccer Surrenders Lead in 3-2 Overtime Loss to Fordham in A-10 Opener
Sept. 26, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington women's soccer team took a 2-0 lead in the 61st minute, but Fordham took advantage of some fortunate bounces to send the match to overtime and Kim Boulos netted the game-winner for the Rams in the 102nd minute to deal the Colonials a 3-2 double overtime Atlantic 10 Conference loss at Mount Vernon Field Friday.
GW (4-5-0, 0-1-0 A-10) took a 1-0 lead in the 42nd minute on sophomore Jillian Morgan's first collegiate goal. Morgan rose above the Fordham defense and headed home a corner kick from senior Lauren Kelly.
The Colonials added to their lead 20 minutes later on a solid build-up in their offensive third. Senior Keara Mehlert received the ball in space on the right wing and played a through-ball across the Rams' backline to senior Meg Pyle. Pyle took the pass in stride and beat Fordham goalkeeper Jen Byer to the right side of the net for the two-goal lead.
GW nearly put the match out-of-reach in the 70th minute, but junior Brittany Eger's near-post header struck the crossbar and bounced out of play.
Fordham (4-3-1, 1-0-0 A-10) benefitted from a GW handball in the 18-yard box off a corner kick and Catherine Huvane converted the penalty kick to pull the Rams within a goal in the 74th minute. The goal was the first GW allowed in more than 362 minutes of soccer.
With less than five minutes to play, Fordham won a free kick in its offensive third and sent a dangerous ball into the box. After a scramble in front of the goal, Michelle Ancelj pounced on the loose ball and slammed a shot over GW goalkeeper Lindsey Rowe for the equalizer.
The teams' played even throughout the final minutes of regulation and the first overtime period. However, just over a minute into the second overtime and with daylight fading Fordham's Kim Boulos turned and fired a laser from 30 yards away that sailed into the upper left corner for the golden goal. Courtney Fedge was credited with the assist.
Rowe, who entered the match the A-10's leader in saves, made eight stops on 23 shots faced. Byer was forced to make just one save on 11 shots.
The loss ended a three-match winning and shutout streak for the Colonials and halted a two-game skid for the Rams.
GW continues A-10 play Sunday at La Salle. Kick-off is scheduled for 1:00 pm.