Women's Soccer Wins 2-1 Over La Salle, Finishes 6-0 At Home
Senior Kimberly Sanders Scores Game-Winning Goal On Senior Day
Oct. 27, 2002
WASHINGTON, DC - The Colonials closed out an undefeated season at home with a 2-1 win over La Salle to capture sole possession of fourth place in the Atlantic 10. With only two matches to play, GW is within striking distance of the playoffs, having won their last four in a row. Kimberly Sanders (Knoxville, TN/Bearden) proved to be the difference with her second game-winning goal in as many matches.
After falling behind 1-0, the Colonials regrouped and tallied two goals in ten minutes to defeat the La Salle Explorers. GW was unable to get a single shot off in the first half but finished the match with 15 shots to La Salle's 18. The contest remained scoreless until the 55th minute when La Salle's Courtney White finished an excellent passing combination. Liz Schmidt passed the ball in to Amy Schneider who settled and set-up White for the close-range shot. After the goal, GW's Kelly Paolucci (Lanham, MD/Good Councel) closed the door on the explorers to get the win with 13 saves, several of which came in the final minutes of play.
GW answered in the 61st minute on a beautifully choreographed goal by freshman Ina Kain (Irvine, CA/Woodbridge) who headed in a perfectly played passl. Kain flicked a header past the goalie after receiving a cross from Sarah Minnich (Wilton, CT/Wilton). Minnich was awarded an assist along with Kim Warner (North York, Ontario/St. Joseph's) who fed Minnich to start the quick one-touch combination. Warner, who was heavily defended in the match, now has 29 points on the season with 13 goals and three assists.
The decisive goal came in the 69th minute when Sanders collected an errant clear from the goalie and beat her with a blast into the net. Sanders unassisted goal was her fourth on the year and second game winning goal in three days. Sanders has been a key in the Colonials four-match winning streak which has lifted the team into the playoff picture.
The Colonials will face Massachusetts on Friday and can clinch a playoff spot with a win or a tie. Their last game of the season may be their hardest as they play first place Rhode Island away. The Colonials now control their own destiny going into the final weekend of play.