Women's Soccer Victorious 2-1 over La Salle in Final 2003 Match
Nov. 2, 2003
Philadelphia, PA - The Colonials (11-6-2, 5-5-1 Atlantic 10) defeated La Salle 2-1 in their regular season finale to bring GW back to .500 in the A-10. The Colonials scored twice in the first three minutes of play putting the pressure on Rhode Island who had to win in order to keep GW out of the Atlantic 10 tournament. While GW won 2-1, Rhode Island defeated Temple 3-0 to earn the final spot in the conference tournament leaving GW in seventh place and out of postseason play. By allowing only one goal, GW tied an all-time record for fewest goals allowed in a season with just 17 in 19 2003 games.
Senior sensation Kim Warner (North York, Ontario/St. Joseph's) sensed the urgency of today's match and scored within the first minute of play. Warner headed in a fantastic throw-in from rookie Christine Jodrie (Frederick, MD/Thomas Johnson) who earned her first career point with the assist. Just two minutes later, senior Molly Sunderdick (Columbia, MD/Oakland Mills) assisted freshman Sarah Sample (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) to put GW up 2-0. This was Sunderdick's first point of the year and the fourth point of her career.
Warner scored in her final game with the Colonials for the 41st goal of her illustrious career. Warner finishes her career third all-time in goals and in points with 91. She also had nine assists in her career tying her for 11th in that category. Warner, last season's Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year, led this year's Colonials with 13 goals and 27 points in 2003.
Sample's goal was her fourth of the season placing her in second on the 2003 squad with 11 points on four goals and three assists. Sample, an A-10 Pre-Season All Rookie Team member, finished her freshman campaign tied for first on the team with three assists and tied for second in goals. Both of GW's goals were collaborative efforts between seniors and freshman, indicating a strong future for the Colonials Women's Soccer program. GW finishes 2003 with their best record since 1997. GW had its best record ever through the first 15 games of the year when they started 9-3-2.
Kelly Paolucci (Lanham, MD/Good Counsel) got the nod in goal for the fifth time this season. With the victory, the sophomore improves to 3-2 in 2003. She made four saves and allowed only one goal, off of a corner kick in the 59th minute of play. By holding La Salle to only one goal, Paolucci helped the Colonials tie an all-time record of allowing just 17 goals in one season. This matches the team's previous low mark set in 1988. The Colonials counted on two outstanding keepers throughout 2003 as Anna Handzlik (Palos Verdes, CA/Palos Verdes Peninsula) split time with Paolucci to set the record for goals-against. The duo also combined for seven shutouts including a team-record five straight.
With the conclusion of the 2003 season, GW bids farewell to six seniors who helped lead the Colonials to their second straight winning season this year. These six also helped return the club to the Atlantic 10 tournament last season for the first time since 1998. Joining Warner and Sunderdick on the senior squad are Meggan Eckert (Scottsdale, AZ/Desert Mountain), Sarah Minnich (Wilton, CT/Wilton), Jamie Olson (Aliquippa, PA/ Hopewell) and Caite Terranova (Ridgefield, CT/Ridgefield). Eckert finishes her career with 13 points on three goals and seven assists (including three this year). Minnich scored one goal this year and had four in her career to go with three assists for 11 points. Senior captain Olson started the first two matches of her career on October 24th and 26th as a forward. Terranova played in all 19 matches this season and played in 55 games in her four-year career, finishing with two assists.