The GW women’s soccer team bounced back from a Friday loss to St. Bonaventure to beat Duquesne on the road Sunday. GW got goals from senior forward Kim Warner and sophomore midfielder Ashley Squires as their record improved to 9-2-2 overall and 3-1-1 in Atlantic 10 play, continuing their best start in team history.
After the shock of having its nine game-unbeaten streak broken at the hands of St. Bonaventure, GW turned to a very familiar face Sunday – senior Kim Warner. The star forward came through, scoring the Colonials’ first goal in the 32nd minute for her conference-leading 10th of the season.
The Colonials increased their lead after the defense blocked a hard shot from Dukes senior Maureen Moran with 20 seconds left in the half. On the ensuing breakaway, sophomore Ashley Squires netted her first goal of the season just three seconds before the halftime whistle blew.
The two goals proved enough to secure a GW victory, as the Colonials’ defense was solid in the second half. The Colonials allowed only one goal, by sophomore Erica Carey, despite a flurry of offensive pressure from Duquesne.
The victory came after St. Bonaventure snapped the Colonials’ nine-game unbeaten streak that dated back to a Sept. 5 loss to Virginia Commonwealth University. Friday’s loss can be categorized as a huge upset, considering the Bonnies had lost eight of their last nine.
St. Bonaventure took the lead in the 34th minute on a goal from sophomore Kristen Walczewski. GW would equalize minutes later when senior Sarah Minnich headed in a Squires pass for her first goal of the season.
The game remained deadlocked at 1-1 until the 79th minute, when the Bonnies got two goals off of corner kicks in a span of three minutes. The Bonnies handed GW its second loss of the season.
The Colonials will return home to the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex over the weekend to play Dayton on Friday at 3 p.m. and Xavier on Sunday at 1 p.m. GW has not lost at home in two years.