Baker Helps Lead No. 22 Georgetown Past George Mason, 4-0, at D.C. Invitational
Sept. 4, 2010
WASHINGTON - Junior forward Samantha Baker (Long Beach, Calif./Wilson) scored a goal and an assist and No. 22 Georgetown limited visiting George Mason to only one shot on goal as the Hoyas posted a 4-0 win over the Colonials during the first day of play at the D.C. Invitational, held at North Kehoe Field. It was the fifth-straight win for the Hoyas, who improved to 5-0-0 overall, while George Mason falls to 1-3-1.
It was the first-ever win for the Hoyas against George Mason, who had won all three previous meetings.
"I'm usually more critical of performances than results and actually I thought the performance was great today," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "The result aside, I thought the performance was excellent. I thought we played two good halves and played the type of soccer we want to, which is to spread out and attack and when we don't have the ball to hunt and win the ball back. Today was the first time we've done that and we did it against a decent team."
Baker had an assist in the first half and scored the team's final goal to finish with a goal and an assist, as the Hoyas received goals from junior midfielder Ingrid Wells (Upper Montclair, N.J./Montclair), sophomore midfielder Catherine Cabot (San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines) and freshman forward Kaitlin Brenn (Bridgewater, N.J./Somerville).
The Hoyas controlled the pace of the game from the opening kickoff, taking a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute of play when Cabot scored her goal of the season. After a foul was called on George Mason, junior forward Camille Trujillo (Albuquerque, N.M./St. Pius X) took a quick free kick from the left of the box and
Georgetown took 11 shots in the first half and continued the push after the 1-0 lead. A free kick from Wells in the 19th minute was just off the mark and a shot from freshman Mary Kroening (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) went wide after a free kick in the 24th minute.
Baker helped push the lead to 2-0 late in the first half, when her throw-in from the far side bounced in the box and Brenn took a side volley on the ball and put it past GMU goalie Alex Bodenschatz at 35:11.
In the second half, the Blue & Gray had several chances early, but it wasn't until the 76th minute that the lead grew to 3-0. Wells dribbled through the top of the box and took a left-footed blast from 16 yards out that hit off the far post and bounced in, giving Georgetown a 3-0 lead at 75:43.
Baker added a goal in the 84th minute, rifling a shot from the right of the circle and 25 yards out that went in to the left side, closing out the scoring.
The Hoya defense, led by senior goalie Jackie DesJardin (Sunnyvale, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) and senior defender Michaela Buonomo (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock) allowed only one second half shot and posted its fourth shutout in five games this season. The Blue & Gray have allowed only one goal in 450 minutes played this season. Georgetown out-shot George Mason, 21-1, and held a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks.
"We create a lot of chances," Nolan said. "We've got some fantastic attacking players starting, some fantastic attacking players coming off the bench. We've got two of the best attacking midfielders in the country and that helps. We have a great forward in Camille (Trujillo), a great forward that comes in like Kaitlin (Brenn), a player like Amy (Speck) who does the dirty work.we can some score goals. This is where I hope, all things going well, we'd be, but you run the risk of a bad performance on different things, but this is where I'd hoped we'd be results-wise and performance-wise."
The D.C. Invitational will conclude on Monday, Sept. 6 with a pair of games. The Hoyas will host Fairfield at noon and George Mason will play American in the second game. The Georgetown game will be webcast on the Georgetown Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with live stats available as well.