The GW women’s soccer game against Saint Joseph’s Sunday was its last home game of the season and, as a result, Senior Day. The departing players did not disappoint, as two of them scored in the Colonials 3-1 win, but the win was not enough to prevent the team’s elimination from the Atlantic 10 tournament.
The Colonials (8-8-0, 3-6-0 A-10) controlled the game from the opening whistle and were able to create chances throughout, but the Hawks defense helped GW by making mistakes at crucial times. In the 12th minute, a poorly cleared header by Saint Joseph’s landed at the feet of senior Colonials’ defenseman Kierra Colker. Colker was able to rip home a shot into the bottom right corner of the net.
“It was great to score my first goal today,” Colker said. “It was Senior Day so it was nice to have my parents here as well.”
With a 1-0 lead, GW seemed to be in control of the game, but Saint Joseph’s struck back quickly. Seven minutes after giving up the lead Hawks defenseman Kelly Galen lofted a cross into the box where midfielder Carly Salter knocked a header off of the crossbar and into the goal.
With the game tied after 19 minutes, the Colonials’ began to assert their control on the game. They were able to create consecutive chances and play solid defense, rarely allowing the ball to get to the final third of the field.
After taking the lead midway through the first half, the Colonials did not let up, keeping the offensive pressure on and not allowing the Hawks a chance to equalize. GW outshot the Hawks 19-4 and put home its final goal in the 49th minute, sealing the victory. Senior midfielder Nicole Trickett tapped a
ball from junior midfielder Erica Wright, marking the second goal scored by a graduating senior.
The team celebrated the victory on the field after the game, but the excitement was tempered by the reality that the team was eliminated from the A-10 playoffs. At 3-6-0, GW is in ninth place and 2.5 games back of sixth place with two games remaining. The top six A-10 teams make the playoffs.
“It’s really too bad that we couldn’t make the tournament,” Colker said. “I feel like we got a little unlucky, but we just wanted the end the season strong.”
With only four players leaving, the Colonials are justifiably excited for the future. They have now won two matches in a row after dropping three straight and will now look forward to their two final games of the season, at Rhode Island and Massachusetts.