WASHINGTON - The 23rd-ranked Georgetown University women's soccer team faced one of its biggest tests of the season to date on Friday night and came away with a result, playing to a 1-1 draw against Santa Clara during the first round of play at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif.
Georgetown, ranked No. 23 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and No. 19 in the Soccer America poll, is now 6-0-1 overall and remains unbeaten through seven games, the second time in three years the team has done so. Santa Clara is now 2-2-2 overall.
"It was a tough game," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "They came out fired up and were really after it. We played quite well. They maybe had more opportunities, but we had as many clear opportunities."
Santa Clara finished the game out-shooting Georgetown, 20-10, including 17-6 during regulation, but both teams had chances in the overtime period, with the Hoyas holding a 4-3 advantage in chances.
In the first overtime period, two shots from junior Kaitlin Brenn (Somerville, N.J./Branchurg) were off the mark and in the 109th minute, freshman Sarah Adams (San Diego, Calif./Westview) had a shot from 10 yards out blocked and senior Christina O'Tousa (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) had a shot saved.
Sophomore goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) was brilliant for Georgetown, making a career-high 14 saves, including one in the 102nd minute to keep the game going.
"Emma was fantastic tonight," Nolan said. "She made some terrific stops, including that shot in the first overtime that was just spectacular."
After a scoreless first half, both teams struck early in the second half. Santa Clara got on the board first, with Lauren Matheson scoring at 50:50 after a ball deflected from the box back and her volley gave the Broncs a 1-0 lead.
Georgetown wasted little time in tying the game, scoring on a counter-attack, with sophomore Daphne Corboz (Greenbrook, N.J./Watchung Hills) leading the way. She came in across the field from the side toward the top of the box and sent a pass to Adams on the right side. Adams took a shot from 10 yards out and beat SCU goalkeeper Andi Tostanoski at 52:52.
"They had a ball deflect back and we kind of cleared it but didn't get enough pressure on their kid," Nolan said. "We came straight down and, because of how they play, we had wanted to change the point of attack. Daphne came across diagonally and she found Sarah and she finished it really well.
Newins and the back line - led by juniors Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), Mary Kroening (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) and Alexa St. Martin (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) - withstood a flurry of shots from Santa Clara, including five from Sofia Huerta, who was most recently playing for the Mexican Under-20 National Team.
"Emily and Mary and the kids in the back really did a great job," Nolan said. "They are a dangerous team, but we stayed together and Emma really played a terrific game."
The Hoyas close out play this weekend by playing No. 5 Stanford on Sunday, Sept. 9. The game, which will be shown live on the Pac 12 Network, kicks off at 3 p.m. (ET).
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