GW Women's Soccer Edged by La Salle, 1-0
Oct. 13, 2012
PHILADELPHIA - The George Washington women's soccer team kept pace with Atlantic 10 leader La Salle through 72 minutes of action, but a mishap in front of the goal following an Explorers' corner kick was all the home team needed to edge the Colonials, 1-0, on Friday evening at McCarthy Stadium.
La Salle extends its win streak to eight games and remains undefeated in conference play with a 5-0-0 mark, improving to 11-3-0 overall. GW falls to 4-8-1 and 0-4-0 in the A-10.
The Explorers - who are ranked No. 2 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of American Mid-Atlantic Regional Poll - out-shot the Colonials, 18-2, in the first half and 24-5 overall, but the GW defense refused to back down and did not allow a goal until the 73rd minute of play.
La Salle's Gabriella Carbone set up a corner kick at 72:13 and sailed the ball right toward the net. Freshman goalkeeper Nicole Fasano stopped the shot but mishandled the ball, leading to an Explorers' goal and the lone tally of the match.
GW limited La Salle to just six shots in the second half, but the Explorers' offensive pressure proved too much.
Freshman Kristi Abbate registered three of GW's five shots, including the lone on-goal attempt, but her efforts were not enough to find the back of the net. Sophomore Nicole Belfonti and freshman Brooke Bean each recorded a shot for the Colonials, and Fasano made a career-high 10 stops in goal in 90 minutes of work.
The Buff and Blue look for their first conference win on Sunday when the squad travels to Bronx, N.Y., to take on Fordham. Action is slated for 1 p.m.