Aug. 29, 2011
WASHINGTON - The 20th-ranked Georgetown University women's soccer team had some chances in the second half, but it was not enough as No. 2 Stanford scored twice in the first half en route to a 4-1 win over the Hoyas at North Kehoe Field on Monday afternoon. The game had originally been scheduled for Sunday, but was postponed due to field conditions following Hurricane Irene over the weekend.
It was the first loss of the season for the Hoyas, who fall to 3-1-0 overall, while the Cardinal improve to 3-0-1.
"We knew it was going to be difficult," Georgetown Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "Stanford is, if not the best team in the country, certainly one of the top two. We knew it was going to be hard. Going into the game, we needed to have all of our horses, which we didn't, we've had some injuries which have hurt us and we needed to play a flawless game.
"I thought we played well enough, but the goals, I thought, were mistakes and they were things we talked about and things we trained for but we just didn't perform as well in those moments as we needed to."
Stanford jumped on top in the second minute of the game when Lindsay Taylor took a feed from Kristy Zurmuhlen and chipped the ball from 12 yards out, beating junior goalkeeper Hanna Monson (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson), who was off her line, giving the Cardinal a 1-0 lead at 1:15.
"The first goal was a mistake on our part," Nolan said. "It was something we talked about not doing and we did it in the second minute. That rocked us a little bit."
Taylor added a second goal in the 35th minute, taking a blast from 30 yards out and giving Stanford a 2-0 lead at 34:33. Nina Watkins was credited with the assist on the goal.
The Hoyas came out strong in the second half, with a shot from senior forward Camille Trujillo (Albuquerque, N.M./St. Pius X) going high and a corner kick from senior Ingrid Wells (Montclair, N.J./Montclair) off the mark.
Stanford took a 3-0 lead in the 60th minute when Chioma Ubogagu's pass from midfield set up Sydney Payne for a breakaway. Payne beat senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Hanna (Waxhaw, N.C./Weddington) inside the right post, giving the Cardinal a 3-0 lead at 59:34.
Georgetown broke through in the 79th minute when senior forward Samantha Baker (Long Beach, Calif./Wilson) sent a free kick from the near side of the field and snuck it through the Stanford defense and inside the left post, narrowing the gap to 3-1 at 78:12.
Payne added her second goal of the game at 79:51, when Marjani Hing-Glover's shot deflected off of Hanna and into the path of Payne, who scored unobstructed for the final margin.
"We made some changes at the half and we moved Kelly (D'Ambrisi) to a more central spot and that helped us," Nolan said. "For about 20 minutes we had them on their heels and I think that Kelly was a big part of that. I thought Emily (Menges) was fantastic today in the back. It was disappointing to give up the fourth goal."
Georgetown finished the game with seven shots, while Stanford had 19. The Cardinal held a 3-2 edge in corner kicks. Monson made two saves in the first half, while Hanna picked up four in the second half.
Georgetown is back in action this weekend, playing in the Tribe Invitational. The Hoyas begin play on Friday, Sept. 2, playing host, William & Mary, at 7 p.m. The Blue & Gray closes out the weekend on Sunday, Sept. 4, playing VCU at noon.
"We have two difficult games," Nolan said. "Playing down there is always going to be difficult. We know those will be tough games and we need to rebound from this game."