Sept. 7, 2007
Washington, D.C. - Just yesterday, Georgetown women's soccer coach Dave Nolan said during an interview, "We're going to explode on someone. Hopefully really soon. We've created too many chances to only have three goals in three games thus far." His words turned out to be prophetic as the Georgetown University women's soccer team (3-1-0) defeated George Washington (3-1), on Friday in the first game of the George Mason Tournament, 5-0. Juniors Nicole Smith (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville) Stephanie Zare (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest), senior Lindsey Appezzato (Davis, Calif./Davis) and freshman Lauren Von Der Ahe (La Canada, Calif./Flintridge Preparatory) all scored their first collegiate goals to lead the Hoyas to victory.
Freshman Ingrid Wells (Upper Montclair, N.J./Montclair) scored a goal and also had an assist, while senior Sara Jordan (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) added two assists. Von Der Ahe, along with scoring her first collegiate goal, also tallied her first collegiate assist.
After a shaky first five minutes of the game, Georgetown dominated play for the next 25 but was only able to get two shots on goal. Then after a scrum in front of George Washington goalkeeper Amie Kern, a shot by Wells was blocked, but the rebound came directly to the foot of Smith. Smith made sure she wouldn't be denied her first collegiate goal as she blasted a shot past a helpless Kern to put the Hoyas ahead, 1-0, with 15:09 remaining in the first half.
In the unseasonably sweltering conditions, Georgetown substituted players at will and the team's depth showed over the final 45 minutes.
Early in the second half, Jordan delivered a lovely touch pass to Wells, who then beat Kern with a high shot to the near post for the second goal of the game. Within 10 minutes, the Hoyas scored again as Appezzato headed one home via a great cross from the left side by Jordan.
With 18:22 remaining in the contest, Zare got in on the scoring after a corner-kick, taken by Karen Waskewich (Laytonsville, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross). Waskewich's corner fell to Von Der Ahe, whose initial shot was blocked. Zare collected the miss and scored to make the score, 4-0, in favor of the Blue and Gray.
Georgetown's fifth goal would come from Von Der Ahe as she capitalized on a 1v1 situation created off a long pass up the middle from sophomore Carlee Briglia (Linwood, N.J./Mainland Regional). The assist was Briglia's first collegiate point.
With the win, Georgetown improved to 5-1-0 against George Washington in the all-time series. Also, with their assists in today's game, Jordan and Waskewich are now tied for fifth all-time in Georgetown history with 15 helpers apiece. They trail Casey McCann ('04) by one assists for fourth all-time.
Georgetown's next game will be on Sunday at noon against Stony Brook in their second game at the George Mason Tournament.