A Carleigh Morba header in the 72nd minute broke a scoreless game, propelling the American University women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over George Washington Monday afternoon at Reeves Field.
American (4-7-1) controlled the action virtually the entire match, outshooting George Washington (3-7-0) by a 19-7 margin. The Eagles, however, struggled to find the back of the net before Morba's strike, her second of the season and third of her career.
The scoring play was setup following an AU possession in the offensive zone that was cleared 50 yards out by the Colonials defense. The Eagles' Danielle Beard was able to control the ball and fire a high-arcing feed in front of the goal, where a streaking Morba got her head on it and put her shot past GW goalkeeper Lindsey Rowe.
"It was a nice job by Dani serving that ball into the box and an excellent run by Carleigh to attack that ball," Head Coach Dave Bucciero said. "We have been working on our runs into the box as well as attacking balls better and I thought that was a great goal and example of that."
The Eagles had other scoring opportunities in the match, most notably as they hit the post on two occasions. In the 13th minute, Michaela Cowgill's shot kicked off the left post and then in the 73rd minute, Jasmine Mohandesi nailed a crossbar.
In addition to outshooting George Washington by a plus-12 margin, the Eagles held an 8-2 advantage in shots on goal. Cowgill and Mohandesi led the AU attack with three shots apiece while Katarina Kingston and Nicole Paviglionite each recorded two shots.
The Colonials did not have any dangerous scoring chances as American earned the one-goal triumph, its first win over George Washington in its last six meetings. The Eagles last defeated GW, 3-1, on September 21, 2005.
"I thought the effort was there today for the entire match and I was pleased with our performance," added Bucciero. "It's nice to close out the first part of our season with a win against a team we have had trouble with in the past."
With this result, the Eagles have now closed out the non-conference portion of their schedule as Patriot League play kicks off this weekend. American will begin the conference slate on Saturday, October 1 against Navy. Match time from Reeves Field is set for 1 p.m., and all the action will be broadcast live on Eagles Vision TV.