Women's Soccer's Playoff Picture Dims with 2-1 Loss to Fordham
Oct. 31, 2003
BRONX, NY - The Colonials (10-6-2, 4-5-1 Atlantic 10) suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Fordham (10-5-2, 6-2-2 Atlantic 10) dimming GW's playoff hopes. After falling behind in the 14th minute, Ashley Squires (Rochester, NY/Our Lady of Mercy) tied the game at one less than two minutes later. The match would remain deadlocked at 1-1 until the final 10 minutes of the game when the Rams scored. The Colonials failed to get a single shot off in the second half and their playoff hopes now rest on the charity of other A-10 schools.
In order to make the postseason, GW must win on Sunday against La Salle, who beat Richmond today. Additionally, GW would need Rhode Island to lose again on Sunday to last-place Temple. Rhode Island lost 2-1 to Saint Joseph's moving from fourth place in the A-10 to sixth with 16 points. Temple beat Richmond who was previously in first place but the Owls remain in last place in the conference with only six points. Richmond and Fordham play on Sunday to determine which team will earn the final bye in the first round of the tournament. With Duquesne's loss to Dayton, GW would need to beat La Salle and then count on Rhode Island losing to Temple in order to advance to the Atlantic 10 tournament for the second-straight year.
Fordham was led by Beth Purcell who scored both of the Rams' goals. She was assisted twice by Sarah Hopkins in Fordham's 2-1 win. Fordham got on the board first on Purcell's fourth goal of the season at the 14:59 mark of the first half. Hopkins took the free kick from the top left corner of the box and found Purcell at the top of the box, who found the back of the net to give Fordham a 1-0 lead.
George Washington quickly tied the score just 1:40 later as Ashley Squires stole the ball from Fordham's Leah Jerome, and slid it into the bottom right corner of the net for her fourth goal of the season. Squires now has 10 points, second-most on the Colonials this season. Kim Warner leads GW with 12 goals and 25 points this year.
Fordham then got the game-winner with just under 10 minutes remaining as Hopkins and Holly Laubinger put together two quick passes to find Purcell, and she scored on a shot from 10 yards out. The Rams ended the game out shooting the Colonials, 11-6, in the game, including 6-0 in the second half.
With the victory, Fordham advances to the A-10 tournament for only the second time and the first time since 1996. GW made the A-10 tourney last year for the first time since 1998. After exploding to their best-ever record (9-3-2) through 15 games, GW is now on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. The Colonials conclude the 2003 regular season with a game against La Salle on Sunday, Nov. 2. If GW can shut out La Salle on Sunday, the team would set a record-low of 16 goals-against in one season.