Moya Scores Game-Winner in Overtime Against Richmond
Oct. 9, 2010
RICHMOND, VA - Sophomore Adriana Moya netted the game-winner for GW, flicking in a shot off a cross from freshman Alex Neal in the 96th minute to defeat Richmond 1-0, Saturday at Ukrop Park. The win puts the Colonials at 9-3-0 on the season, 3-0-0 in Atlantic 10 play, while the Spiders fall to 4-6-2, 1-1-1 in the A-10.
GW midfielder Molly Bruh put the ball behind Richmond's defense to start the attack. Claire Haft chased down the ball and got a pass off to Neal, who put in front of Moya for the game-winner and her third of the season.
"We told the girls we needed to make a statement," said head coach Tanya Vogel. "We needed to start physical against Richmond, like we ended physical against Saint Joseph's."
While the Spiders were whistled for more fouls than the Colonials, 10-6, UR had defenders that were able to clear the ball to span the field, forcing GW to pressure to stay back to pressure.
"All four of their backs could blast the ball," said Bruh. "I sat right in front of the back line to help, but we all still had to mark up, get up and get back. We definitely out battled them tonight."
Junior Sierra Smidinger led GW with three shots, with one on goal. "Sierra is a fantastic ball-winner for us," said Vogel. "Because she was able to win balls in the air, we were able to start our attack closer."
Key reserve Janine Rotsides came into the match for the Colonials at a pivotal point in the second half at outside back. "When her number was called, she rose to the occasion," said Vogel.
Colonials' goalkeeper junior Lindsey Rowe recorded her second shutout of the season, stopping all four shots on goal by the Spiders.
GW, sitting perfect in Atlantic 10 Conference play, stays on the road for their next two matches. The Colonials travel to Charlotte for a 7:00 p.m. match up on Friday, Oct. 15, before heading to Missouri to take on Saint Louis on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 2:00 p.m.