Aug 30, 2013
WASHINGTON - Junior forward Audra Ayotte (Marlborough, Conn./RHAM) had a goal and an assist and No. 13 Georgetown scored three times in the second half to beat cross-town rival George Washington, 3-2, in a women's soccer match at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon campus Friday afternoon.
It was the third-straight win for the Hoyas, ranked No. 13 in the country in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll and No. 14 by Soccer America, who improve to 3-0-0, while the Colonials fall to 1-1-0 overall.
"I was disappointed because we gave up two goals and one with a minute in the first half," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "We played better in the second half and did some things to stretch the field. Audra (Ayotte) and Nicole (Varela) scored nice goals and Grace (Damaska) gave us a goal to give us a lead, but we gave it back and then had to manage the clock, but it's still nice to get the win."
The Hoyas fell behind 1-0 with just under a minute left in the first half when GW's Mackenzie Cowley put a header to the lower right corner, beating junior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) at 44:16.
Georgetown, however, responded with a big effort in the second half. After taking only three first half shots, the Blue & Gray took nine in the final 45 minutes, tying the game three minutes into the second half and taking the lead for good midway through the frame.
In the 48th minute, Ayotte came in from the left side and took a shot that dipped into the right corner of the goal, beating GW goalkeeper Nicole Ulrick at 48:13 to tie the game.
The Hoyas continue to pepper the Colonials and took the lead for good in the 67th minute. Georgetown's corner kick from Ayotte went to the middle of the box, where freshman Nicole Varela (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) collected it and took a shot that went past Ulrick to the left side of the net at 67:05, making it 2-1.
A shot from junior Jessica Clinton (Avon, Mass./Thayer Academy) went just wide in the 71st minute but two minutes later, freshman Grace Damaska (Milton, Ga./Blessed Trinity) picked up a loose ball in the middle of the box and took a shot that found the top left corner, pushing the lead to 3-1 at 73:52.
The Colonials narrowed the lead to 3-2 in the 75th minute but the Hoyas were able to close out the win.
Newins made two saves for Georgetown and the Colonials were limited to five shots, with Georgetown taking 12 overall.
The Blue & Gray now have an all-time record of 10-1-0 against the Colonials and have won the last seven games in the series. Georgetown has now won three-straight games to open a season for the sixth-consecutive year.
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. This will be the first meeting between the schools.