Women's Soccer Cruises Past Saint Joseph's on Senior Day, 3-1
Colonials Net Three Goals in a Game for the First Time this Season
Oct. 28, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington women's soccer took an early lead on a goal from senior defender Kierra Colker (Los Angeles, CA/Beverly Hills) and never looked back, as they defeated Saint Joseph's, 3-1, in an Atlantic 10 Conference match held at Mount Vernon Athletics Complex Sunday afternoon. For GW, who was celebrating Senior Day, it was their second consecutive win and the first time this season they have scored three goals in a match.
The Colonials improved their mark to 8-8-0 overall and 3-6-0 in the A-10 while the Hawks fell to 4-14-0, 1-9-0 in the conference.
GW dominated for much of the match, as they recorded 19 shots compared to just four from Saint Joseph's. The first of those shots that found the back of the net came in the 12th minute. Playing in her final home game, Kierra Colker gathered a loose ball just inside the box and then sent a blast into the right half of the net to give the Colonials an early 1-0 lead. It was her first goal of the season and fourth of her career.
That slim GW advantage lasted less than 10 minutes, however. In the 19th minute, Saint Joseph's Kelly Galen, playing the ball down the right side of the field, lofted a pass into the box. Carly Salter rose and headed the pass off the bottom of the crossbar and into the net to level the match at one goal apiece.
That tie, however, would be short lived, at the Colonials attacked again, in the 25th minute. Following a Hawks' turnover, junior forward Meg Pyle (Franklin Park, NJ/Mount St. Mary Academy) gathered the loose ball and volleyed it into the top right side of the goal, reclaiming the lead for GW, 2-1. It was Pyle's third goal this year.
After halftime, GW put the game out of reach with their third goal of the match. As the Colonials countered, Erica Wright (Cabin John, MD/Walt Whitman/Univ. of Pittsburgh) played a perfect pass ahead to senior midfielder Nicole Trickett (Eugene, OR/South Eugene), who shielded off her defender and tapped the ball into the low, left corner of the net. For Trickett, it was her first goal of 2007 and the third of her brilliant four-year career.
Wright helped to pace the offensive attack, as she recorded three shots, including one on goal. She was one of six Colonials that had at least two shots, including three from Kierra Colker.
With the win, head coach Tanya Vogel moved into second place all-time at GW for wins by a coach, with 62. She now trails only her former coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski for first, with 69.
Before today's match, GW honored five players as part of Senior Day: Kierra Colker, Erica Gilles (Cumberland, MD/Bishop Walsh), Amie Kern (Saylorsburg, PA/Stroudsburg), Jordan Sweeney (Houston, TX/ Cy-Fair) and Nicole Trickett. After today, those five have combined to appear in over 195 matches and record 11 goals at Foggy Bottom.
George Washington takes to the road for their final two games of 2007. They play at Rhode Island on Friday, November 2, at 5:00 p.m. and then travel to Massachusetts for a 1:00 p.m. match on Sunday.
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