Neal Scores Two in A-10 Victory over Temple, 2-1
Oct. 1, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC - GW freshman Alex Neal scored twice in the first half of the Colonials 2-1 victory over Temple on Friday at Mount Vernon Field in the first Atlantic 10 game of the season. The Colonials improve to 7-3-0, 1-0-0 in A-10 play while the Owls fall to 5-6-0, 0-1-0 on the season.
The Lake Villa, IL, native tallied her first goal of the game in the 40th minute, striking the ball into the left side, top corner of the goal and just over the finger tips of TU's goalkeeper Tara Murphy.
"I think the first win is incredibly hard to get and I give this team all the credit because they followed the game plan to a `T' in the first half," said head coach Tanya Vogel. "It wasn't just Alex, it was the play of everybody. Alex did a great job finishing today and that's important."
Neal tallied her second goal of the game and her third of the season in the 44th minute. She had positioned herself in front of the goal on a Molly Bruh kick near midfield. Neal caught the goalkeeper out of position and was able to tap it in, extending the Colonials lead to 2-0.
The Colonials tried to push their lead farther in the second half with backs putting the ball ahead of the Owls defense but GW forwards were unable to finish. GW out shot TU 11-10, while the Owls earned five corners to the Colonials three.
Temple came back and scored in the second half, when the Owls executed a corner play in the 63rd minute. Kelly Diviny took the corner and passed it to Niki Conn in front of the goal. Conn was able to fire off a shot past GW's Lindsey Rowe.
GW tightened up their defense, led by senior Jillian Morgan and sophomore Sammie Cloutier, and didn't allow Temple to score.
"I thought between Melanie Keer, Jilly, Sammie and Michelle Aueron, they just played a whale of a game and my hat's off to them," said Vogel. "Our back four and center mids have to be strong every game and they did a great job today."
The Colonials are back in action on Sunday in Atlantic 10 play against Saint Joseph's at 1:00 p.m. at Mount Vernon Field. Last season, the squads ended a tough battle in a scoreless double overtime tie at the Vern.