Women's Soccer Colonials Clipped by Saint Joseph's for a 2-0 Loss
Oct. 24, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC - After posting their best start in the programs 24-year history through 14 matches, GW has lost four of their last five games. Today's loss came at the hands of the Saint Joseph's Hawks who clipped the Colonials 2-0 at the Mount Vernon Soccer Field. The Hawks scored a goal in each half and repelled 16 GW shots for the victory, their first over GW since the 1999 season.
The Colonials (9-5-2, 3-4-1) lost in a critical A-10 matchup with the postseason approaching. With the victory, Saint Joseph's (7-6-1, 5-3-0) further secures their fourth place position in the A-10. The top six teams will travel to Richmond for the Atlantic 10 tournament which begins on Thursday, November 6.
GW went with an unconventional lineup as the result of an injury and in an effort to snap a two-game losing streak. Senior captain Jamie Olson (Aliquippa, PA/Hopewell) got her first career start playing forward rather than her usual goalkeeper postion. Kelly Paolucci (Lanham, MD/Good Counsel) got the nod in goal getting her fourth start of the season. With the loss, her record drops to 2-2.
The Hawks first goal came in the 23rd minute of play when Kaiti McCaffery played a ball up to Nancy Cook who scored past Paolucci. McCaffery, who earned her fourth assist on the play, passed the ball from midfield and found Cook in stride just outside of the penalty box. Cook then netted her fourth goal of the year kicking it around Paolucci who came out of goal in an attempt to intercept the pass.
The Colonials gained momentum in the second half but their efforts were halted when Michelle Ford connected with Alisha Paine for the team's second goal in the 57th minute. Paine parked her second goal of the year in the net over Paolucci's head while McCaffery earned her fifth assist on a precise pass.
In a battle of the two top offensive players in the league, both GW's Kim Warner (North York, Ontario/St. Joseph's) and SJU's Megan Schutt were held scoreless and pointless. Warner leads the A-10 in goals for the second-straight season with 10 while Schutt, a rookie, has the most points in the conference with 23. The Colonials Lindsey Bruno (Kensington, CT/The Loomis Caffee School) marked Schutt effectively throughout the match making several nice defensive plays.
The Colonials, who are 14-7-2 all-time at Mount Vernon, will play Temple on Sunday at 1:00 pm for their final home match. All seven seniors will be honored before the start of the match for Senior Day.