Junior forward Kim Warner lifted the GW women’s soccer team back to .500 with a goal in each of the Colonials weekend wins at St. Joseph’s and Temple. With her 12th goal of the season against Temple Sunday, Warner became the Atlantic 10’s leading scorer and gave GW what head coach Tanya Vogel called “one of our most important wins of the season.”
With the wins, GW (7-7, 4-3 A-10) notched its first conference road victories of the season, winning away from Mount Vernon for the first time since its opening regular season game at Jacksonville University Aug. 30.
Vogel said both games were “must-wins” and “great team victories,” as three different Colonials scored over the course of the weekend.
The Colonials beat Temple 1-0 Sunday on Warner’s goal despite being out-shot 15-8. The Owls battled GW to a scoreless tie until the 84th minute, when Warner floated a goal over the head of Temple goalkeeper Jackie Mauro for the unassisted goal.
GW showed its strong defensive potential with its fourth shutout of the season as freshman goalkeeper Kelly Paolucci saved six shots. Temple scored 26 goals in their 13 previous games and had been shutout only once before in 2002.
“It was a physical game, which isn’t really our style,” Vogel said. “But we gave ourselves a lot of chances and it finally paid off six minutes from the end.”
The win capped off a successful weekend for the Colonials, who won Friday’s game 3-1 over St. Joseph’s.
After being held scoreless by the Hawks’ defense through much of the first half, GW took the lead on Warner’s 11th goal of the season in the 38th minute. Warner shot the ball from 18 yards out into the right corner of the net to give the Colonials a 1-0 lead at halftime.
St. Joseph’s came out fighting in the second half, as forward Michelle Ford put a ball past Paolucci into the left side of the net to tie the game at one apiece. Senior midfielder Katie Watson assisted on the goal, which would be the Hawks’ last.
Nearly 11 minutes later, GW produced one of its most impressive offensive spurts of the season with two goals in 35 seconds. Freshman Ina Kain scored on a free kick from 20 yards out to regain the lead for the Colonials at the 67:25 mark, but her team was not finished. Junior forward Sarah Minnich scored her second goal of the season off an assist from Warner, who fed her teammate the ball in stride. The insurance goal came at the 68:00 mark and put GW ahead 3-1.
Vogel said the balance in scoring showed that the Colonials have made improvements and are becoming less reliant on Warner for scoring.
With the A-10 tournament less than a month away, GW will play their next weekend series at home where they are 4-0. GW will host Fordham Friday at 3 p.m. and will play La Salle Sunday at 1 p.m.