GW Women’s Soccer Strikes Early
After losing twice and tying once in their past three games, fans of George Washington women’s soccer were looking for a response from their team. It took just a couple of minutes for the Colonials to make that response a reality, as GW was able to gain their first win in 4 matches against the winless Howard Lady Bison.
At just the 2:46 mark, and on only the third shot of the game, Kristi Abbate was able to net a beautiful goal to put GW up by 1 after Amanda Gaggioli bounced the ball off of her chest. It was Abbate’s second goal of the season. The Colonials were able to harness Abbate’s lightning-quick score and unleash a wave of momentum on Howard. Though they didn’t score again in the first half, the Colonials were dominant; constantly pressing the Lady Bison and threatening consistently. By halftime, the Colonials outshot Howard 16-2.
During the second half, the pace of the game slowed immensely and the feel was different. Howard gathered themselves to make the second half much more competitive. While GW still outshot Howard, it was a much smaller margin (8-4) and Howard got some very nice chances. The most notable one being a long-range shot by Retha Koeford which was extremely close to going into the net, ultimately hitting the crossbar. There was a relative standstill for about the first 20 minutes. That gridlock was broken when, after a wild affair, with the ball being repeatedly shot at the goal, Taylor Katz was able to slip in her first goal of the season and score the dagger for the Colonials. The game closed out with a tumultuous stretch that involved multiple fouls and hard hits, but GW held strong to take the 2-0 victory.
Though it was against a hapless Howard team that now falls to 0-10-2, the win was nevertheless an important one for the GW Colonials. They now improve their record to 4-4-1 and can gain some momentum now that they have notched their fourth win of the season. The team will next play rival Richmond at home on September 28th at 4:00 pm. WRGW Sports coverage of the event will begin at 3:50.