Georgetown Women's Soccer Triumphant in Home-Opener Against American, 1-0
Sept. 12, 2007
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University women's soccer team (5-1-0) opened their 2007 home season with a win over local rival American University (4-1-0) on Wednesday afternoon, 1-0. The Hoyas received a second-half goal from freshman midfielder Caitlin Durkee (St. Paul, Minn./Como Park), the first of her Georgetown career, in order to win a hard-fought affair from North Kehoe Field. Georgetown has now won three of its last four home-openers and six of the last seven contests with American.
In the 58th minute, a pass from the left side came to junior midfielder Stephanie Zare (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest). She collected the pass with her back toward goal and sent the pass back to Durkee, who was trailing the initial play. Durkee took two dribbles and ripped a goal from the top right corner of the box past AU goalkeeper Hannah Radley for the lone goal of the game.
"We have so many people who can create, that we don't have to depend on our `goal-scorers,'" said Head Coach Dave Nolan. "Whether the goal comes from one of our forwards, midfielders, defenders, what-have-you, we have people out there with the ability to make plays. But, we still need a little luck with the goals."
The Hoyas received solid play once again in the midfield from freshman Ingrid Wells (Upper Montclair, N.J./Montclair) and senior Sara Jordan (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) and valuable play off the bench from sophomore Toni Marie Hudson (Coral Springs, Fla./Stoneman Douglas) and freshman Lauren Von Der Ahe (La Canada, Calif./Flintridge Prep). The four players combined to take 13 shots and provided numerous opportunities for themselves along with their teammates.
Georgetown denied American of their best start in program history by holding the Eagles to five shots, as opposed to 21 for the Hoyas. Freshman goalkeeper Jackie DesJardin (Sunnyvale, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) collected her fourth shutout of the 2007 season for the Blue and Gray. Seniors Karen Waskewich (Laytonsville, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) and Vanessa Joyce (Santa Clara, Calif./Archbishop Mitty), along with juniors Alex Gargano (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) and Nicole Smith (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville) provided another strong defensive outing in front of DesJardin as they held AU without a goal in a game for the first time this season.
The Hoyas have now started a season 5-1-0 for just the second time in the program's history. The last time GU won five of its first six games was its inaugural fall season in 1993.
Georgetown's next game is Friday, September 14 at 3 p.m. against Saint Joseph's (Pa.) University on North Kehoe Field.