Volleyball, women’s soccer and golf all suffered losses early this week on the road while men’s soccer endured a defeat at home Wednesday.
Volleyball continued its season without a win Sunday, falling three straight sets to the Rams, but freshman outside hitter Salem Yohannes scored a career-high hitting percentage despite the team’s overall lackluster performance. Women’s soccer fell to Saint Louis Sunday after securing their first win of the season the week before, and men’s soccer fell to the Flyers in a home game Wednesay.
Here’s a brief recap of their performances:
The Colonials placed 11th out of 12 teams at the Hamptons Intercollegiate hosted by Loyola University Maryland Tuesday, finishing with a 49-over-par 913 overall throughout the two day competition.
Freshmen Siyuan Lyu and Arav Patel led GW for the first time this season as they tied for 38th overall on the individual scoreboard. Lyu recorded 11 birdies across the three rounds, racking up eight of them in round two. Lyu and Patel both finished with a score of 227 to put them 11 over par throughout the three rounds.
Junior Hugo Riboud and Senior Luis Alfonso Preciado followed closely behind with a score of 229 and 230 to come in at 47th and 51st place, respectively. Graduate student Florian Blatti and junior Jakub Hrinda placed 60th and 67th respectively to round out the tournament.
The Colonials will move on to the Elon Phoenix Invitational in Burlington, N.C., beginning Oct. 11.
GW continued its winless streak Sunday, falling to VCU on the road.
The Colonials (0-15, 0-4 A-10) dropped three straight sets to the Rams (8-9, 4-0 A-10), losing 25–20, 25–20, 25–15 in their fifteenth consecutive defeat this year.
Freshman outside hitter Salem Yohannes set a career-high .351 hitting percentage, registering 16 kills on 37 attempts. Her performance marks the sixth time she has reached double-digit kills this season.
Yohannes helped the Colonials surge to an early 12–1 lead in the first set, notching four kills in addition to senior setter Lauren LaBeck’s pair of service aces. The Rams’ offense exploded on a 18–3 scoring run to take the lead and keep the Colonials at bay the rest of the set.
Yohannes registered another three kills in the second set to give GW another early 4–3 lead. But VCU went on a 4–0 scoring run to wrest control of the set and stay ahead of the Colonials. Yohannes closed out the set with three more kills and sophomore opposite Liv Womble tallied a pair as well but GW was now down 2–0.
In the third set, GW again found themselves ahead at 4–3, but VCU triggered a 9–2 scoring run. The Colonials rallied with four straight points to cut the deficit lead to just two points at 15–13, but VCU went on an 11–2 scoring run to put the game to bed.
GW will continue their five-game road stretch this weekend, heading to Fordham Friday for a 5 p.m. contest before visiting Rhode Island Saturday for a 7 p.m. start.
After capturing their first win of the season a week before, the Colonials fell to Saint Louis on the road Sunday.
The Colonials (1-10-2, 1-4 A-10) were blanked by the Billikens (5-7-1, 3-2 A-10) in a 4–0 defeat. Despite a scoreless first half, the Colonials succumbed to the Saint Louis offense in the second half, conceding four straight goals en route to their second straight defeat.
The Colonials registered just five shots and one on target throughout the 90 minutes, while the Billikens recorded 19 shots and seven on frame in the four-goal rout. Sophomore forward Lauren Prentice tallied two shots and the sole attempt on frame in a season-high 45 minutes of playing time.
After surviving nine shots and eight corner kicks in the first half, the Colonials gave up the first goal of the game in the 47th minute. Sophomore forward Caroline Kelly struck first when she rifled a left-footed strike past senior goalkeeper Erica Lorenzana in Lorenzana’s first career start.
Just seven minutes later, freshman forward Emily Gaebe tacked on another goal for the Billikens, courtesy of an assist from redshirt senior defender Brionna Halverson.
In the 61st Minute, Kelly notched a second goal that narrowly beat a diving Lorenzana. Freshman defender/forward Mattyn Summers capped the Billikens’ win in the 83rd minute, slotting another left-footed strike into the back of the net.
The Colonials will return to the Vern to host La Salle Oct. 10th. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m.
GW hit a three-game slide at home against Dayton Wednesday afternoon.
The Flyers (5-5-2, 2-1-0 A-10) downed the Colonials (3-8-1, 1-3-0 A-10) in a 1–0 rematch of last year’s A-10 Championship semifinal. Despite an offensive surge in the second half in which GW outshot Dayton 11-7, the Colonials could not find an equalizer.
After a quiet first half, the Flyers broke the deadlock in the 59th minute.
Junior defender Jaden Jones-Riley picked off a pass from sophomore defender Aaron Kronenberg in the midfield and split two GW defenders as he bursted down the right side and delivered a low cross toward goal. Graduate student Hrolfur Sveinsson attempted to clear it but instead redirected the ball into the top right corner of the net past junior goalkeeper Justin Grady to give the Flyers the lone goal of the game.
The Colonials notched six shots on target in an attempt to take back the game, including two from graduate student midfielder Matthew Brummet.
GW had a chance to equalize in the final 20 seconds of the game when junior midfielder Tom Cooklin lobbed the ball into the Dayton box.
Sveinsson headed the ball down in front of goal toward Haynes-Brown, who attempted to flick it past Kouadio, but Kouadio cleared it out. The ball fell kindly to sophomore defender Christian Rader, but his attempt was blocked by a sliding defender and rolled safely into the hands of the keeper, who ran down the clock before booming the ball away to seal the game.
After a three-game road stint, the Colonials will hit the road once again for another A-10 matchup against Massachusetts Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 1p.m.
This article appeared in the October 7, 2021 issue of the Hatchet.