Sept. 14, 2012
WASHINGTON - Sophomore Daphne Corboz (Greenbrook, N.J./Watchung Hills) recorded her first career hat trick and the Georgetown women's soccer team exploded for seven goals en route to a 8-0 win over Seton Hall on Friday afternoon at North Kehoe Field. The win improves Georgetown's record to 7-1-1 overall and 1-0-0, while Seton Hall falls to 5-4-0 overall and 0-1-0 in league action.
The eight goals scored for the Hoyas were the most scored in school history against a BIG EAST opponent, breaking the mark of six in a 6-0 win over Pittsburgh during the 2011 season. It was also the most scored by a Georgetown team since scoring nine in a 9-1 win over Howard during the 2003 season.
"I'm very proud of the girls," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "It was a disappointing result against Stanford, but overall, the performance was fantastic from start to finish."
Corboz finished the game with seven points, scoring three goals and adding one assist, while junior forward Colleen Dinn (Kensington, Md./Holy Cross) and sophomore midfielder Ashley Shaffer (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) scored two goals apiece. Junior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) added a pair of assists
The teams went back and forth over the opening minutes of the game, with Seton Hall finding some space in their offensive zone, but the first legitimate chance came in the 11th minute, when freshman Sarah Adams headed a ball from the edge of the box into a crossing Corboz, whose shot pulled SHU goalkeeper Rita Maiorana off her line. Mairoana slid and was able to make a save.
That was just the start for the Hoyas, who would score three goals in an 11-minute span to take a 4-0 lead at halftime with only seven shots.
Brenn set things up on the first goal, sending a cross from the far side to the box, where Dinn ran onto the ball and beat Maiorana low at 14:24, making it 1-0. Just under 10 minutes later, Corboz pulled in a long cross, from senior midfielder Christina O'Tousa (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) and Maiorana came off her line and the All-BIG EAST midfielder beat her to the lower near side.
Two minutes later, Corboz struck again. With Brenn on the near side of the box, she sent a cross to the far side and Corboz flicked it in at 25:48, making it 3-0. The Hoyas ran the score to 4-0 at the half when Shaffer headed in a shot off the team's first corner of the game, from sophomore Audra Ayotte (Marlborough, Conn./RHAM) at 39:02.
Georgetown wasted little time in the second half as they controlled the tempo from the start and took 13 shots in the final 45 minutes. Brenn was taken down in the box in the 56th minute, leading to a penalty shot for Corboz, who scored it for her third goal of the game, and first collegiate hat trick.
Corboz got things going for Georgetown a minute later, feeding Dinn from the near side. Dinn's shot from the top of the box went in to the lower near post at 57:40, making it 6-0.
Shaffer scored her second goal of the game in the 65th minute. A shot from Brenn had bounced off the cross bar and then deflected off a Seton Hall defender to the feet of Shaffer, who blasted it in from 15 yards out, giving the Hoyas a 7-0 lead. In the 74th minute, Ayotte took a shot from 12 yards out to the lower far post after sophomore Vanessa Skrumbis (Encino, Calif./Sierra Canyon) flicked a pass to her on the right.
Sophomore goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) was tested in the early minutes of the game, but the Hoya midfield and defense limited opportunities for the Pirates in the opening 45 minutes. Freshman Christina Mangels (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) played the final 20 minutes, making one save.
Georgetown hits the road this weekend for its first BIG EAST Conference away game, visiting Rutgers on Sunday, Sept. 16. Kickoff at Yurcak Field is slated for noon.