Women's Soccer Nine-Game Unbeaten Streak Snapped By Bonnies In A 3-1 Loss
GW Still Off To Best Start Ever At 8-2-2 Despite Loss, Minnich Nets First Goal Of The Year
Oct. 10, 2003
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - The Colonials suffered their first loss in 10 matches, falling 3-1 to St. Bonaventure. The loss, was GW's first A-10 defeat and only their second loss of the season. Despite dropping to 8-2-2, the Colonials are still off to their strongest start in the program's 24-year history. GW got a lone goal from Sarah Minnich who headed in her first of the season off of an assist from Ashley Squires.
After a school record four consecutive shutouts, GW goalkeeper Anna Handzlik allowed three goals making only one save. All three Bonnies goals came off of corner kicks resulting in GW's first away loss of the season in five matches. Handzlik, who was previously undefeated in goal maintains a 6-1-2 record this season. GW's conference-long nine-game winning streak was snapped as the team drops to 2-1-1 in the Atlantic 10.
The Bonnies three goals against GW were the first conference goals that the Colonials have allowed all season. In the first half, sophomore Kristen Walczewski scored her first goal of the season in the 34th minute to put St. Bonaventure ahead, 1-0. Just minutes later, Minnich tied the game putting a header into the net off of a pass from Squires.
In the 79th minute, with the score tied 1-1, sophomore Alyssa Castronova headed the ball off a corner kick from senior Erin Johnson. Less than two minutes later, sophomore Lois Bennett gave the Bonnies a 3-1 lead off of another corner kick by Johnson.
The Colonials continue their road trip with a 1:00 pm game at Duquesne on Sunday. GW is 4-4 all-time against Duquesne and the squad slid to 7-2-1 all-time versus St. Bonaventure. The Colonials beat both teams at home last season. GW will return home on Friday, October 17 to play the Atlantic 10 regular season champion Dayton Flyers followed by Xavier on Sunday.