Defense Not Enough as GW Women's Soccer Loses at American, 1-0
Sept. 26, 2011
WASHINGTON – After 71 minutes of scoreless action, American found the back of the net and George Washington could not answer as the Colonials dropped a 1-0 decision in non-conference women’s soccer action Monday evening at AU's Reeves Field.
GW (3-7-0) played a heavily defensive game as American (4-7-1) fired off 19 shots throughout the contest. The Colonials defense and senior goalkeeper Lindsey Rowe held off the hosts with four first-half saves and another three stops in the second stanza, but Carleigh Morba connected for the Eagles at the 71:04 mark for the lone goal of the match. Morba headed in a long, high midfield service from Danielle Beard.
“Most of American’s shots came from very far out and I think Lindsey handled them very well,” said head coach Tanya Vogel. “We just need to be more physical on the offensive end and execute our plan of attack.”
The Colonials tallied seven shots, but were unable to get past Eagles' goalkeepers Arianna Efstathiou and Klare Lazor. Senior Sierra Smidinger and freshman Elizabeth Casey each tallied a team-high two shots to lead GW's attack.
GW registered three of its four second-half shots in search of an equalizer over the final 12 minutes, including a header from Claire Roche that forced Lazor’s lone save of the match.
The Colonials open Atlantic 10 play this weekend with two road matches in three days. GW travels to St. Bonaventure for a 3:00 p.m. game Friday, followed by a 1:00 p.m. contest at Duquesne Sunday.