Freshman goalkeeper Kelly Paolucci made a combined 19 saves in two games for the women’s soccer team this weekend. But her efforts and a strong defense could not make up for a lacking offense that combined for only one goal. The team fell to Xavier 2-1 Sunday after losing to Dayton Friday.
The Colonials, coming off a two-game winning streak, their longest of the season, fell one game below .500 in conference play.
The Colonials’ 2-1 loss to Xavier (6-7, 2-3 Atlantic 10) Sunday came in spite of an early lead. But Musketeer Melissa Clavier put the ball past Paolucci off an assist from Tracy Veith for the 2-1 win with less than 10 minutes remaining.
Xavier tied the game at one when Jessica Robb scored off a corner kick from teammate Lindsay Yonadi at the 79:08 mark, after the Colonials had held them scoreless for almost 80 minutes.
Senior midfielder Kesha Christoph scored GW’s only goal, her first of the season, from 35 yards out. She shot the ball over the head of Musketeers goalkeeper Megan Veith in the 44th minute to give GW a 1-0 lead at halftime.
Paolucci tied Veith with six saves, but Xavier’s persistence on offense created more shots for the home team. The Musketeers took nine shots in the second half to GW’s five, out-shooting the Colonials 15-7 on the game.
GW was out-shot by an even greater margin in Friday’s shutout loss at Dayton. The defending A-10 champions took 28 shots to GW’s three, but a strong performance by Paolucci kept the final score at 2-0.
Paolucci had 13 saves in the game, but her teammates seldom controlled the ball and could not mount an offensive rally.
Dayton pressured GW’s defense from the outset as Liz Brown gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute off a long ball from teammate Erin Showalter.
The Colonials held off their opponent for the next 75 minutes, but Lindsey Whitehead extended Dayton’s lead on a cross from Tesia Kozlowski at the 80:09 mark.
The two losses followed a trend of inconsistency this season for a Colonials team that scored seven combined goals in two games last weekend before this weekend’s inept offensive performance.
GW will look to get back on the winning track in two more road games next weekend. The Colonials visit St. Joseph’s at 3 p.m. Friday before Sunday’s 2 p.m. match at Temple.