Sample works to forge winning ticket for GW

Sophomore helps push women's soccer up a notch



October 20, 2004|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Sarah Sample sees politics in her future, but don't expect her to dodge any issues on the soccer field.

"When I get the ball, the first thing I'm thinking about is taking the ball upfield and scoring," said Sample, a George Washington University sophomore forward from St. Mary's. "Obviously that's not always the option for what's going on at the moment. I really enjoy getting forward and getting into the attack, but there is something to be said as far as being able to play around teams and string passes together."

Sample, the team's leading scorer with six goals and one assist for 13 points, admits the Colonials will have a better chance of winning the Atlantic 10 Conference title if they show a lot of patience on offense.

"We've had moments of brilliance," said Sample. "And we've had times where we have two passes and cough the ball up. But we've been working harder on working the ball around, and it's great to see that union and connection between teammates."

The Colonials are 3-1-3 in the Atlantic 10, good for third place, and 5-5-5 overall.

Sample, who is 5 feet 9, has a team-leading 29 shots on goal and 62 shots overall.

Last Friday, Sample scored the goal in a 1-1 double-overtime tie with Duquesne in a league game. She scored off teammate Ina Kain's corner kick with six minutes left in regulation.

As a freshman, Sample made the A-10 All-Rookie team with four goals and three assists and helped the team post an 11-6-2 overall and 5-5-1 league record.

Now Sample is expected to lead the Colonials to the next level of the A-10, which would bring them a championship.

"My thing is I need to stay in the game mentally," she said. "Because [a mental lapse] also takes you out physically as well. I need to not get frustrated. If I make a mistake, I need to let it go and just keep playing and remain positive."

As for politics, Sample knows she is in the perfect place. But, she says, "I'm too busy with my studies right now to get involved in any political activities."

Another Baltimore-area soccer player, junior defender Rebecca Schumer (Pikesville), has played in four games for the Colonials and attempted one shot.

Holzman hot

Jimmy Holzman (Centennial) has been known for his tackling ability at Lebanon Valley College, but two weeks ago the junior safety came through with two key interceptions to lead the Dutchmen past Juniata College.

Holzman also had eight tackles that afternoon and leads the team (3-4, 2-4 Middle Atlantic Conference) with 58 tackles.

Et cetera

Notre Dame sophomore defensive end Victor Abiamiri (Gilman) had one unassisted and two assisted tackles in Saturday's 27-9 victory over Navy at the Meadowlands. ... Freshman soccer goalkeeper Jessica Bennett (South River) has played a major role in a 10-3-1 start for Lycoming College, starting all 14 games and recording a 1.09 goals-against average along with 73 saves. Her backup keeper is freshman Mallory McDonald (Perry Hall), who has made three saves in three games. ... Sophomore left wing Lauren Bosk (Loch Raven) scored her first collegiate field hockey goal last month in Muhlenberg's 5-0 victory over Haverford. ... Kristin Connelly (St. Paul's) is a sophomore reserve forward on the Penn field hockey team (9-4, 2-1 Ivy League). Connelly has one shot in two games.

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