The GW women’s soccer team finished its perfect home season Sunday with a gritty 2-1 win over La Salle. Senior forward Kimberley Sanders scored the game-winner in her final game at Mount Vernon, giving the Colonials their sixth and final home win of the season. Prior to beating La Salle, the Colonials beat Fordham at home Friday.
With the two wins, GW (9-7, 6-3 Atlantic 10) is within reach of a playoff berth in the A-10 Tournament, which begins Nov. 8 in Dayton, Ohio. Head Coach Tanya Vogel said the wins put the Colonials on the right track going into next weekend’s final games of the regular season.
“This entire weekend was all about playing as a team and learning to about each other,” Vogel said. “Both victories came after being down 1-0, that takes a lot out of a team and the team was able to do it two times, and that’s huge.”
GW 2, La Salle 1
Sunday, Oct. 27
Senior forward Kimberley Sanders scored the game-winner in the 70th minute after a costly mistake by La Salle goalkeeper Marissa Suarez, in a fitting end to senior day at Mount Vernon, Sander’s last home game as a Colonial.
GW failed to get a single shot off in the first half but woke up quickly after La Salle’s goal at the 55 minute mark, pressuring the previously untested Suarez with 15 second-half shots.
La Salle controlled the ball through most of the first half Sunday and finally scored the first goal after a good 55 minutes of offensive pressure. After GW’s defense could not clear the ball from their goal area, La Salle’s Courtney White hit the ball in off the fingertips of freshman goalkeeper Kelly Paolucci.
Vogel said the game could have easily been 1-0 or 2-0 LaSalle after the first half, but Paolucci’s strong play in goal kept the game scoreless through halftime.
The equalizing goal came after several well-placed passes that ultimately led to a cross from junior Sarah Minnich on to the head of freshman Ina Kaine five minutes after La Salle’s goal.
Vogel had high praise for the rookie standout.
“The last four games Ina has started to play very well, and she is working really hard for us. Her vision is extraordinary, and it’s just going to get better from here,” she said.
GW 5, Fordham 1
Friday, Oct. 25
Before taking on La Salle, GW knocked off Fordham 5-1 Friday. Despite what Vogel called a “scary start,” in which Fordham took a 1-0 lead after just eight minutes, the Colonials responded with five goals of their own to win handily.
The goals came from five different players, starting with one apiece from junior Sarah Minnich and Sanders in the first half.
Kaine and A-10 Co-Player of the Week junior Kim Warner scored within the first five minutes after play resumed to put GW ahead 4-1.
Freshman Audrey Ehrhorn added an insurance goal, the first of her collegiate career, in the 70th minute off an assist from freshman Lise Backman. Members of Erhnorn’s family were able to watch the milestone after flying from their home in Honolulu to see the weekend games.
GW will play their final regular season games next weekend at Massachusetts and conference powerhouse Rhode Island. Friday’s game against the Minutemen is at 2 p.m. and Sunday’s match at Rhode Island starts at 1 p.m.