Duquesne's Goal in Final Minute Sends Women's Soccer to 2-1 Defeat
Kelly Paolucci Makes Career-High 17 Saves in Colonials' Season Ender
Oct. 30, 2005
PITTSBURGH, PA - With the game knotted 1-1, Duquesne University's (10-5-1, 5-4-0 A-10) senior Erica Carey scored at the 88:50 mark to defeat the George Washington University women's soccer team (5-12-0, 2-7-0 A-10) 2-1 Sunday afternoon, ending the Colonials' season at the Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field.
GW was trailing 1-0 in the second half before senior Ina Kain (Irvine, CA/Woodbridge) evened the score in the 60th minute with a goal off a corner kick from senior Lise Backman (Beaconsfield, Quebec/John Abbott College).
But Carey's header off a pass from sophomore Audra Mathews in the game's closing moments gave the Dukes the game-winner, their first-ever A-10 Tournament berth and the program's first-ever 10 win season.
DU took its 1-0 lead in the 37th minute on an unassisted goal from senior Randi Scheller.
GW goalkeeper Kelly Paolucci (Lanham, MD/Good Counsel), in her final game as a Colonial, recorded a career-best 17 saves in the loss.
Kain also played her final match in the Buff and Blue and concluded her career fourth all-time in assists (14) and tied for 17th all-time in points (34) in GW history.
Backman's assist in the match put her tied for 11th all-time in program history.
The Conference's regular season came to end at the conclusion of Sunday's play. The 2005 Atlantic 10 Women's Soccer Championship seedings are now determined.
First-year member Saint Louis is the top seed in the tournament, which begins on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the University of Dayton.
The Bilikens posted an 8-0-0 record in their inaugural season in Conference play (13-4-0 overall) and enter the Championship having won seven of their last eight matches. Saint Louis and Rhode Island will have an opening round bye in the Championship. URI is the second seed after going 6-1-1 in league play and 10-5-2 overall.
The Championship kicks off when A-10 newcomer Charlotte (6-3-0, 10-8-0), the third seed, meets sixth-seeded Duquesne (5-4-0, 10-5-1) in opening round play at 5:30pm on Wednesday at Baujan Field. At 8:00pm, Dayton (5-3-1, 9-6-3), seeded fourth, will square off with fifth-seeded Saint Joseph's (4-3-2, 8-8-3).
The following day, Saint Louis will play the lowest remaining seed with Rhode Island taking on the highest remaining seed. The title game of the 2005 A-10 Championship will take place on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 1:00pm.
Saint Joseph's and Duquesne ended the regular season in a four-way tie for fifth place in the A-10 standings with Massachusetts (5-4-0/8-9-1) and Xavier (4-3-2/9-7-2) but earned Championship bids based on the Conference's tie-breaking procedures.