Women's Soccer Outshoots Owls In 2-0 Win on Warner's Goals
Warner Scores Sixth Game-Winner on Senior Day, Now Leads A-10 in Goals
Oct. 26, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC - Kim Warner (North York, Ontario/St. Joseph's) scored not one, but two goals to resurrect the Colonials (10-5-2, 4-4-1) in the playoff hunt with a 2-0 win over Temple at Mount Vernon Field. Warner celebrated Senior Day by scoring both goals including the game-winner, her sixth this year and the 15th of her career. She leads the A-10 in goals for the second year in a row and has 12 (tied with Rhode Island's Melanie Kasparek) going into the last week of the regular season. Colonials' keeper Anna Handzlik (Palos Verdes, CA/Palos Verdes Peninsula) returned to her post for her fifth shutout of the year, improving her record to 8-3-2. This is the fourth-fastest that a GW team has reached 10 wins in their 24-year history. More importantly, the Colonials even their A-10 record to 4-4-1 with two regular season games left to play.
Warner converted two goals on nine shots, four of which were on goal. The fifth year senior scored in the second minute of play on a ball passed to her by Lise Backman (Beaconsfield, Quebec/John Abbott College). Backman earned her second assist of the year and sixth of her career for her efforts. Warner snuck past the defense and sent her game-winning shot across the goal, past the Owls' keeper. Warner struck again in the 82nd minute on an unassisted goal to put the Colonials up 2-0. The goal was the 40th of her career resulting in her 89th career point. She now needs just four goals to tie for second and five to tie for first all-time at GW. Her 89 points are the third most at GW and are just 10 shy of second. With one more assist the senior will be on the Top Ten list in all three key offensive categories.
GW controlled the pace of the game and outshot the Owls 29-5. Temple goalkeeper Jackie Mauro did well to hold the Colonials to two goals as she made nine saves including several in the second half on six great GW opportunities. Handzlik made a save in each half and now has 86 in 13 games this year. GW has allowed a league-low 14 goals and is in position to break a record-low of 17 set in 1988.
On a day when six seniors were honored, freshman Sarah Sample (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) also put in a strong performance. She took 13 shots in 70 minutes of play and put four of those game-high shots on goal. Senior captain Jamie Olson (Aliquippa, PA/Hopewell) made her second-straight start, opening both periods at the forward position. All six seniors played a key part in the Colonials victory.
GW plays its final two regular season matches of the 2003 season on the road. The Colonials will face conference-leader Fordham on Halloween at 2:00 pm and then close-out the regular season at La Salle at 1:00 pm on Sunday, November 2. The top-six A-10 teams will compete in the conference tournament.