Paulette Umberger expected a close game.
George Washington and Woodrow Wilson came into Thursday’s match with similar records — both suffering losses to Winfield and Hurricane — but what she saw was anything but close.
The Lady Patriots dismantled the Flying Eagles 5-0, thanks to a fantastic performance from George Washington junior Kasey Rhodes.
Rhodes scored four goals and had an assist, helping the Lady Patriots improve to 10-2-1 on the season.
“The win makes me feel good, but I couldn’t have done it without our team,” she said. “I couldn’t be here and do this without my team.”
Rhodes scored her first goal of the game in the 21st minute on a corner kick from sophomore Hannah Ellis. She then recorded goals in the 32nd, 70th and 74th minutes.
“She’s one of our strongest forwards,” George Washington coach Megan Johnson said. “She’s an excellent player.”
The Flying Eagles didn’t have very many chances in the game, only managing to get three shots on goal during the match, as opposed to the 10 shots for GW. Flying Eagles keeper Emily Lane did have five saves, however.
Woodrow missed a golden opportunity in the 12th minute when the ball bounced off of the rough surface and past the keeper. However, the Patriots defense cleared it before Woodrow’s attack could get a foot on it.
“We really struggled stepping up to the ball and winning the ball,” Umberger said. “(George Washington) did a good job of winning the ball and making some good passes. We made some passes that weren’t necessarily to our team. The ball was just kicked up the field. We just have to work on that. Every game you come out, you never really know how everybody is going to play.”
The win marked the end of a rough stretch for the Patriots, who wrapped up their sixth game in nine days.
“We had a tough stretch,” Johnson said. “I’m impressed with how well we came out and played — even after having a tough schedule. And Woodrow is a very, very, very tough team. This is a big win for us.”
“GW is always a good team,” Umberger added. “We knew that they were pretty much similar to us. We’ve lost to Winfield and lost to Hurricane and won against several of the same teams. I thought it would be a 1-0 game.”
The Flying Eagles will look to rebound — and rehabilitate— over the next two weeks. They only have four games scheduled — but they will be four very tough contests.
Woodrow will travel to Princeton on Oct. 1, before hosting Shady Spring and Riverside on Oct. 7 and 8.
They’ll play in a MSAC match on the Oct. 10.
“I think we’ll be OK,” Umberger said. “We know what we have to work on, and we’ll do it before the next couple of weeks.”
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Paulette Umberger expected a close game.
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