GW Snaps their Losing Skid by Routing Saint Louis on Senior Day
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The Colonials applied pressure and controlled the pace-of-play from the opening whistle en route to a 4-1 Senior Day rout of the Saint Louis Billikens on Sunday morning at Mount Vernon Field.
The start time for the match was moved from 1 p.m. to 11 a.m. because of the threat of Hurricane Sandy along the Eastern seaboard but this earlier-than-normal start time had no ill effects on the Colonials play as they dictated the tempo of the match despite being outshot 16-11 by the Billikens.
Entering the match, the Colonials had scored only one goal in their previous five matches but scoring did not prove to be a problem on Sunday. Sophomore Nicole Belfonti got the Colonials’ scoring started 19 minutes into the match when she received a nice crossing pass from senior Molly Bruh and put it in the back of the net. Adrianna Moya added to the Colonials’ lead 12 minutes later when she scored off a nice pass from Kristi Abbate. GW continued to apply intense pressure, leading to a controversial play in which Molly Bruh unleashed a strike from 30 yards out that deflected off the crossbar. The ball appeared to have been kept out by Saint Louis goalkeeper Katie Walsh but after a scuffle in front of the net for the ball, the side referee ruled that Bruh’s initial shot had caromed into the net, extending GW’s lead to 3-0. Alex Neal would round out GW’s scoring for the day with 24 seconds left in the first half when she took a pass from sophomore Taylor Katz and scored to stifle the little momentum the Billikens had built up in the closing minutes of the half.
In the second half, the Colonials were able to play a “bend-but-don’t-break” style of defense that allowed them to control the ball and run valuable time off the clock, thwarting any chance of a Saint Louis comeback. GW conceded their lone goal of the afternoon 15 minutes into the second half when Billikens’ forward Lindsay Elking unleashed a shot from point blank range that beat the Colonials’ freshman goalkeeper Nicole Fasano.
It was an especially emotional win for the Colonials’ four seniors, Molly Bruh, Adrianna Moya, Samie Cloutier, and Kayley Sullivan, who were honored before the match. Furthermore, this victory will serve as an important momentum builder heading into the offseason.
With the victory, the Colonials closed out their 2012 campaign with an overall record of 5-12-1. Sunday’s win was GW’s first and only Atlantic 10 conference win of the season.