Sept. 13, 2013
WASHINGTON - Prior to its game on Friday afternoon, Georgetown University Head Women's Soccer Coach Dave Nolan said he wanted to see his team play with intensity for the full 90 minutes. He got that and then, as No. 12 Georgetown scored four times in the first half and four more times in the second half en route to an 8-0 win over Yale at Shaw Field.
It was the seventh-straight win to open the season for the Hoyas, who are now 7-0-0 overall, while Yale falls to 2-1-0 overall. The 7-0-0 start marks the second time in four years (2010) that the Blue & Gray have started a season with seven-straight wins. The eight goals scored by the Hoyas were a season-high and the most by a Hoya team since last year, when the team twice scored eight goals in a game, first in an 8-0 win over Seton Hall on Sept. 14 and then an in an 8-0 win over Pittsburgh on Sept. 30.
Six different players scored goals and nine had at least one point as the Hoyas out-shot the Bulldogs, 31-3, and held a 14-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Junior midfielder Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills), the BIG EAST's Preseason Offensive Player of the Year who missed the first five games of the season, played 38 minutes in her second game back and made her presence felt. Corboz scored two goals and had three assists to lead the offensive attack, while senior Mary Kroening (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) scored two goals and senior Kailey Blain (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack), junior Vanessa Skrumbis (Encino, Calif./Sierra Canyon), junior Jillian DeGennaro (Westlake Village, Calif./LaReina) and sophomore Marina Paul (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Laguna Beach) each scored one goal.
The Hoyas took the lead in the 12th minute when Blain took a feed from the left of the box from senior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville). Blain pulled Yale goalkeeper Rachel Ames off the line and took a shot from five feet out that gave GU the lead at 11:25. It was the first goal for Blain, an All-BIG EAST Rookie selection in 2010 as a freshman, since the first game of the 2011 season after injuries slowed her the last two seasons.
Twenty minutes later, Kroening headed a ball in from the far post off a corner kick from Corboz at 31:36 for the second goal. The Hoyas wasted little time in pushing the lead to 3-0. Thirty-one seconds later, at 32:07, DeGennaro picked up a deflection off a Yale defender and poked the ball past Ames from right in front of the net. The final goal of the half came in the 41st minute, when Paul headed a ball in from the near post off a corner kick from Corboz.
If the first 45 minutes were played with intensity by the Hoyas, the Blue & Gray ramped it up in the final 45, taking 19 shots and adding another four goals.
The lead grew to 5-0 in the 56th minute when Skrumbis hit a tremendous header from the near post across the mouth of the goal to beat Yale goalkeeper Elise Wilcox at 55:29 after a perfectly placed cross from the far side of the box from junior forward Audra Ayotte (Marlborough, Conln./RHAM).
The lead grew to 6-0 in the 73rd minute when Kroening picked up a loose ball in the box and poked it in at 72:02 after a pass from senior Colleen Dinn (Kensington, Md./Holy Cross) and a Corboz corner kick.
After recording assists on three of the team's first six goals, Corboz took care of the final two on her own. Brenn had a shot saved in the box, but the ball bounced to the feet of Corboz, who tapped it in at 79:41. The final goal came in the 85th minute when Corboz scored directly off a corner kick.
Junior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) played the first half, while sophomores Christina Mangels (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) and Lauren Trower (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) split the second half.
Georgetown is back home on Thursday, Sept. 19, hosting Central Florida. Kickoff at Shaw Field is slated for 3 p.m. Live coverage of the game will be available on the Georgetown Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Tom Kolker, the voice of the women's soccer team for the last two years, calling the play-by-play.