Women's Soccer Rams Rhode Island 1-0 for Best Record Ever, 8-1-2
Oct. 5, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC - Kim Warner (North York, Ontario/St. Joseph's) scored her fifth game-winning goal to lift the Colonials (8-1-2) to their best record in the team's 24-year history. The lone goal scored in the final five minutes of the match was Warner's conference-best ninth goal of the year. Freshman Sarah Sample (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) assisted on the shot with a header to her senior teammate to set up the 1-0 victory. Colonials' keeper Anna Handzlik (Palos Verdes, CA/Palos Verdes Peninsula) has been spectacular for GW recording her record fourth-straight shutout. Handzlik has an undefeated 6-0-2 record as GW extended their home unbeaten streak to 13 consecutive matches.
With the 1-0 victory, GW is unbeaten in a record nine straight matches. The Colonials previous longest undefeated streak of eight was matched three times, in 1998, 1996 and 1991. The Colonials (2-0-1 in the Atlantic 10) eclipsed their previous best-ever mark of 8-3 set in 1995. GW has five-straight shutouts and has not given up a goal since Howard scored in the second half on September 17. With the longest unbeaten streak in the Atlantic 10, GW is also unbeaten in 13-straight games at home. GW is an impressive 11-0-2 at the Mount Vernon Soccer Field since losing 1-0 in overtime to Rhode Island on October 26, 2001. Not only did today's win avenge that loss, but it redeemed GW who was knocked out of the A-10 tournament last season by URI in a close 1-0 contest. GW had also lost in their last regular season game with the Rams 6-3 last season but improved today to 6-7 all-time with their A-10 rival.
Handzlik, last week's Soccer Buzz Magazine National Goalkeeper of the Week and the Atlantic 10's Player of the Week has been a formidable force in goal for the Colonials this season. Since getting her first start on September 7, the Colonials have not lost. Versus URI Handzlik had to punch two consecutive shots away that ricocheted off of the cross bar and out of play. She made eight saves today bringing her season total to 67. She has not allowed a goal since September 27 versus Howard and has a miniscule .57 goals against average in her eight undefeated starts.
Warner scored at the 85:37 mark in the match converting on her eighth shot of the game. Rams' keeper Melissa Bargione played well making eight saves before Warner's goal. GW will hit the road for the first time in three weeks when they travel to St. Bonaventure and Duquesne next Friday and Sunday. The Colonials are 7-1-1 and 4-4-0 against those teams all-time. GW is a perfect 4-0 as the away team in the 2003 season.