WASHINGTON - The 23rd-ranked Georgetown women's soccer team went to California this weekend to face its toughest competition to date this season with matches against traditional powers Santa Clara and Stanford. The Hoyas earned a tie in Friday night's match but had the weekend close on a sour note with a 6-0 loss to the fifth-ranked Cardinal Sunday afternoon.
It was the first loss of the season for the Hoyas, who fall to 6-1-1 overall, while Stanford improves to 4-1-1 overall.
"It was a tough day at the office," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "The hard part is that three of their goals came off set pieces, which we've defended well, but we didn't seem to respond after they got the first one. The shame is that I felt we had some pretty good chances in the opening minutes of the game."
Georgetown attacked early and had three corner kicks in the opening 10 minutes, all from sophomore Daphne Corboz (Greenbrook, N.J./Watchung Hills), but could not take the early lead.
Stanford scored off a free kick in the 11th minute and added two more goals before the end of the half to take a 3-0 lead. The Cardinal scored three more goals in the second half, including two off corner kicks.
Georgetown was out-shot 22-4, but had six corner kicks to Stanford's 7.
Sophomore goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) gave up six goals and made six saves in 75 minutes before giving way to freshman Christina Mangels (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), who made two saves.
The Hoyas are back in action next Friday, Sept. 14, hosting Seton Hall in the team's BIG EAST Conference home opener. Kickoff at North Kehoe Field is slated for 3 p.m.
"I told them afterward that it just wasn't our day," Nolan said. "We came out here two years ago and had two tough losses and ended up going to the NCAA Tournament and the Elite Eight so there is a good chance for us to bounce back. We'll get the chance starting Friday when conference play starts."