Aug. 24, 2012
WASHINGTON - Junior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) scored with less than nine minutes left in regulation, lifting the Georgetown women's soccer team to a 1-0 win over James Madison in the first round of play at the JMU Invitational in Harrisonburg, Va.
It was the third-straight win for the Hoyas, who open the season 3-0, while James Madison falls to 1-1.
"It was a very tough game to be honest," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "It was a hard fought game and we caught a break on the goal."
Brenn was in the right place at the right time as JMU goalkeeper Kate Courter was attempting to clear the ball. Brenn intercepted the pass just outside the box and took a blast from 23 yards out that beat Courter with 8:18 left in the game, giving the Hoyas the lead.
"Kaitlin still had so much work to do even after the misclear," Nolan said, "but she did what, in many ways, only she can do for us. She struck a ball in just the place where the keeper couldn't get it."
JMU held a 12-10 advantage on shots for the game, and both teams had a number of quality scoring chances. Sophomore goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) was impressive in goal for the Hoyas, making six saves. The back line of the Georgetown defense - led by juniors Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) and Alexa St. Martin (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) - helped the Hoyas post their third-straight shutout.
"Emma played really well," Nolan said. "She was calm and composed and made some good saves. Emily and Saint (St. Martin) were key for us with their play in the back against a tough team."
Nolan also credited the play of the Georgetown midfield. With JMU playing its home opener and students back on campus, he knew the match on Friday night would be a test.
"Marina Paul and Tina (Christina O'Tousa) played really well in the middle," Nolan said. "The game was going to be one that was decided on a brilliant goal or a mistake. Thank you for us, we were on the winning side. We may have bent a bit, but we didn't break and that's the sign of a good team."
The game was the 10th meeting all-time between the programs, with GU leading the head-to-head series, 6-3-1. Georgetown has won the last four meetings, all shutouts (4-0 in 2009, 1-0 in 2010 and 2-0 in 2011). The Hoyas are now 3-2 at James Madison.
The Hoyas close out play in the tournament on Sunday, Aug. 26, playing Hofstra. Kickoff at JMU Field is slated for 11 a.m. It will be the first-ever meeting between the teams.