Wright's Early Goal Lifts Women's Soccer Past Rhode Island, 1-0
Oct. 5, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC - Senior Erica Wright scored the game-winning goal off an assist from classmate Lauren Kelly for the second consecutive match as the George Washington women's soccer team won its second straight Atlantic 10 Conference match with a 1-0 shutout victory against Rhode Island at Mount Vernon Field on Sunday.
After connecting for the game-winning goal in Friday's 2-0 win over Massachusetts, Wright scored off Kelly's corner kick in the third minute for the deciding goal against the Rams.
Rhode Island (4-8-1, 0-4-0 A-10) goalkeeper Jackie Fede came off her line to snare Kelly's corner kick out of the air, but the ball slipped through her grasp and fell to Wright, who quickly slammed the ball into the net for her third goal of the season. Wright now leads the Colonials with nine points (3g/3a) this season, while Kelly paces the team with five assists and also moved into a tie for seventh all-time at GW with 12 career assists.
The Rams applied heavy pressure throughout much of the match, including a streak of 15 consecutive shots between the 11th and 65th minutes, but GW freshman goalkeeper Lindsey Rowe and the Colonials' defense were able to post a clean sheet for the fifth time this season.
URI's best scoring opportunity came in the 35th minute when Stephanie Santos' 15-yard shot hit the crossbar, but the ball never crossed the goal line and a rebound attempt sailed wide.
GW began generating scoring chances late in the match with 10 shots in the final 20 minutes. Senior Meg Pyle and sophomore Kristen Slack each had one-on-one opportunities turned away by Fede in the 71st and 83rd minutes, respectively. Fede finished with five saves.
Rowe made six saves - highlighted by a charging point-blank stop on Adrienne Ruhe Lischke in the 11th minute - for her fourth shutout of the season. The Rams held a 19-14 edge in shots, while the Colonials led in corners, 3-0.
With the victory, GW (6-6-0, 2-2-0 A-10) moved into seventh place in the A-10 standings with six points. The Colonials visit St. Bonaventure Friday at 1:00 pm.