Women’s soccer splits final weekend

Although neither team had a chance to move onto post-season play, the GW women’s soccer ended its season on a positive note beating St. Bonaventure 3-0 Sunday in New York. Senior Tiffany Williams notched a hat trick and sophomore goalkeeper Christine O’Malley grabbed her fourth shutout of the season. Prior to the win, the Colonials fell Friday to Duquesne 2-0, a team also eliminated from playoff contention.

Williams scored the first of her three goals Sunday four minutes into the first half. She took a pass from senior midfielder Erin Coppedge and put it past the Bonnies goalkeeper Karen Cunningham for the 1-0 lead.

Williams struck again in the final 10 minutes of the match, this time from sophomore Meggan Eckert. She took the pass and beat Cunningham, putting the Colonials (8-10, 5-6 Atlantic 10) up 2-0. She completed her hat trick with one minute left when she put a ball in the corner of the net, unassisted.

O’Malley held the Bonnies scoreless with six saves.

The Colonials and Dukes battled through 69 minutes of scoreless soccer Friday before GW finally allowed a goal late in the second half, falling 2-0 at Duquesne (4-10-3, 3-5-2 A-10).

In the 69th minute, Duquesne’s Erin Marshall set up Becky Barritt, who broke away from the defense and knocked it past O’Malley. The score was Barritt’s sixth on the season and it put the game in doubt for the Colonials.

Minutes later Marshall tallied her first goal of the season off an indirect kick. The Dukes’ 2-0 lead would stand for the remainder of the game.

GW struggled on offense, taking just three shots on goal in the entire game compared to Duquesne’s six.

The Dukes got a shutout performance from their goalkeeper Kristin Scharphorn, making it her third of the season. Scharphorn and O’Malley each accumulated four saves on the day.

GW freshman Julia Guthrie replaced O’Malley in goal with 16 minutes remaining in the game. The Dukes did not take any shots against Guthrie.

O’Malley ended the season with a career-high four shutouts.

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