Aug. 23, 2014
WASHINGTON - After a scoreless first half, the 20th-ranked Georgetown University women's soccer team scored twice in a two minute span and added another goal late in the game en route to a 3-1 win over the University of San Diego in an opening round game of the Torero Classic on Friday night in San Diego.
It was the first win of the season for the Hoyas, who improve to 1-0-0, while USD falls to 0-1-0. Georgetown is ranked No. 20 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and No. 15 by Soccer America.
Senior midfielder Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills), a preseason All-American candidate and a nominee for the MAC Hermann Trophy Award, scored one goal and had two assists, while senior forward Vanessa Skrubmis (Encinco, Calif./Sierra Canyon) scored Georgetown's first two goals.
"This was a great win on the road for us against a very strong team," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "We had a strong showing by everyone and it was a real team effort, however the link up play between Vanessa and Daphne was special. Vanessa scored two great goals and it was fitting that Daph scored the third, she was the best player on the field by a mile."
After a scoreless first half in which USD out-shot GU, 4-1, the Hoyas got on board in the early moments of the second half when Skrumbis chipped a ball past Torero goalkeeper McKenna Tollack at 50:59, with Corboz getting the assist.
USD tied the game less than a minute later (51:48) when Victoria Walker scored on a header, but the Hoyas kept pushing. Corboz sent a touch pass to Skrumbis, who one-timed it past Tollack at 52:44, giving the Blue & Gray the lead for good.
The Hoyas increased their lead to 3-1 when Corboz scored on a one-on-one breakaway at 75:54. Freshman Taylor Pak (Wellington, Fla./American Heritage) was credited with the assist.
Senior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run), an All-BIG EAST Third Team selection in 2013, made one save in the win.
Shots were even at six apiece, while Georgetown held a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The win was the eighth-straight season-opening win for the Hoyas under Head Coach Dave Nolan, who is now 10-0-1 in season openers.
The tournament concludes on Sunday, Aug. 24 when the Blue & Gray play Long Beach State. Kickoff at Torero Stadium is slated for 2:30 p.m. (ET) and live stats for the match will be available on the USD website.