GW Women's Soccer and St. Bonaventure Draw, 0-0, in A-10 Opener
Defense, Rowe Come Up Big Against Bonnies' Pressure Offense
Sept. 30, 2011
OLEAN, N.Y. – The George Washington women’s soccer team opened Atlantic 10 play on Friday afternoon with a 0-0 double-overtime tie at St. Bonaventure’s McGraw-Jennings Field in Olean, N.Y. The draw marks the first of the season for the Colonials, as well as the first shutout.
GW moves to 3-7-1, 0-0-1 A-10 in its conference debut, snapping a two-match losing streak. St. Bonaventure is now 5-4-2, 0-0-1 A-10 on the year.
"I am really pleased with how everyone played today," said head coach Tanya Vogel. "To get our first shutout and pick up a point on the road is a great way to start conference play."
The contest played out as a battle of the defenses, as neither team could connect on goal for 110 minutes. St. Bonaventure put on the offensive pressure in the first half, but with the pressure of the Colonials’ defense, only two of the Bonnies’ six shots were on goal.
Freshman Madison Davis tried to break the tie just before the break but her shot was blocked by a St. Bonaventure defender and the squads entered halftime scoreless.
The Colonials recorded back-to-back shots less than 10 minutes into the second half, including an attempt off a corner kick from junior Molly Bruh. Junior Clare Roche fired off a shot that went just high of the goal, followed by an attempt off Bruh’s corner kick by sophomore Jane Wallis that went wide.
At the 57:41 mark sophomore Claire Haft sent in a shot that missed wide, but her second attempt less than five minutes later forced Bonnies' goalkeeper Jennifer Andrews to make her lone save of the contest.
Senior goalkeeper Lindsey Rowe boasted an impressive performance between the pipes for GW. Rowe made nine saves on the day, with the three most significant stops coming in the first overtime period. Neither club registered a shot on goal in the second overtime.
"Lindsey played extremely well today," Coach Vogel said. "She really stepped up as a leader on the field."