Women's Soccer Falls at Charlotte, 3-0
Late Goals Secure Victory for the 49ers
Oct. 12, 2007
CHARLOTTE, NC - George Washington women's soccer played 2006 Atlantic 10 regular-season champion Charlotte to a scoreless draw for much of Friday night's conference match, but an offensive outburst by the home team in the final 15 minutes dealt GW a 3-0 loss at Transamerica Field.
Charlotte, ranked 12th in the Southeast Region by SoccerBuzz.com, improved to 9-3-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the A-10. The loss dropped GW to 6-6-0 on the season and 1-4-0 in conference-play.
In the first 45-minutes of action, the 49ers out-shot the Colonials, 10-2, but were never able to find the back of the net, thanks in large part to keeper Amie Kern (Saylorsburg, PA/Stroudsburg), as well as the starting defensive four: Junior Christy Mazzola (Bronxville, NY/The Ursuline School/Loyola, MD), junior Lauren Kelly (Oak Hill, VA/Bishop O'Connell), senior Kierra Colker (Los Angeles, CA/Beverly Hills) and Liz Hillin (Massapequa, NY/St. Anthony's).
The strong defense continued for the visiting Colonials early in the second-half, until Charlotte exploded for three goals in a span of 11 minutes.
The scoring spree began in the 74th minute, when Rachel Baer took a shot from the left side and tucked it into the right corner of the net, making it 1-0. Then, in the 84th minute, Sam Huecker, with Kern drawn out, drilled the ball from 30-yards out, extending Charlotte's lead to 2-0. Finally, less than a minute later, Huecker struck again from far out on the left-side to give the 49ers their final lead, 3-0.
In the match, Charlotte recorded 21 shots, compared to just five from GW. Amie Kern record 10 saves on the night. The Colonials are now 0-2-0 all-time versus the 49ers, including last year's 3-2 double-overtime loss at Mount Vernon.
George Washington continues their A-10, weekend road trip on Sunday, when they play at Saint Louis, last season's A-10 Tournament Champion. The Billikens were 6-3-1, 3-0-1 heading into Friday night's match with Richmond.
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