Aug 25, 2013
WASHINGTON - Sophomore midfielder Sarah Adams (San Diego, Calif./Westview) scored two goals and junior forward Audra Ayotte (Marlborough, Conn./RHAM) assisted on two goals as No. 18 Georgetown beat Quinnipiac, 5-0, at Shaw Field on Sunday afternoon.
It was the second-straight win to open the season for the Hoyas (2-0), while the Bobcats fall to 0-1. The win was also the 13th-straight at home for Georgetown, dating back to the 2011 season.
I wasn't happy with the performance," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "We did enough to win the game today against a team that had some energy and was well organized. We struggled a little bit to break them down and establish ourselves."
Unlike Friday's season opener when the Hoyas did not score until the second half, Georgetown struck early in Sunday's second game. A pair of shots in the opening 10 minutes, one from Adams and one from junior forward Vanessa Skrumbis (Encino, Calif./Sierra Canyon), were blocked, but GU broke through in the 13th minute. Ayotte slotted a pass through two defenders to Skrumbis, who took a shot from the top of the box and beat Natalia Grodzki at 13:33 for the early lead.
The lead grew to 2-0 before the end of the half when junior forward Jessica Clinton (Avon, Mass./Thayer Academy) tapped in a goal from in front of the net at 39:07. The goal had been set up by freshman Grace Damaska (Milton, Ga./Blessed Trinity), who sent a cross from the far post to junior midfielder Jillian DeGennaro (Westlake Village, Calif./La Reina) on the near post. DeGennaro settled the ball and sent a pass by one defender and to Clinton, who tapped it in for the score.
Adams scored her first goal of the game in the 53rd minute, one-timing a ball from the far post. Senior Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) had crossed the ball from the near post to Ayotte in the box and sent it to Adams, who beat Grodzki at 53:28.
The sophomore added her second goal eight minutes later when Clinton picked up a loose ball in the box and managed to squeeze the ball through two defenders to Adams. She tapped it in from the center of the goal at 61:15, giving Georgetown a 4-0 lead.
The lead grew to 5-0 in the 84th minute when a shot from Damaska was saved by Bobcats goalkeeper Tori Graessle. The ball bounced off of the goalkeeper and to freshman Hannah Howell (Bradenton, Fla./St. Stephens Episcopal), who took a blast from the center of the box at 84:43.
Georgetown out-shot Quinnipiac, 17-2, and had four corner kicks to two for the Bobcats.
The Hoyas play their first road game of the season on Friday, Aug. 30, visiting George Washington. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m. The Blue & Gray are back home on Sunday, Sept. 1, hosting Virginia Commonwealth. Kickoff at Shaw Field is slated for 1 p.m. Live video coverage of the game will be available on the Georgetown Athletics website, www.guhoyas.com, with Tom Kolker calling all of the action.