Senior Christina O'Tousa's goal lifted Georgetown past Rutgers, 1-0.
Sept. 16, 2012
WASHINGTON - Georgetown Head Women's Soccer Coach Dave Nolan always told senior co-captain Christina O'Tousa (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) that if she ever scored a goal, she would have to celebrate her first collegiate goal in style. O'Tousa did just that after notching her first collegiate goal midway through the second half and leading the Hoyas to a 1-0 win over No. 16 Rutgers on Sunday afternoon at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J.
It was the second-straight win for the Hoyas, who improve to 8-1-1 overall and 2-0-0 in BIG EAST play, while the Scarlet Knights fall to 7-3-0 overall and 0-2-0 in league play.
"It was probably our most dominant performance of the season, including Friday's game (an 8-0 win over Seton Hall)," Nolan said. "Our backline was tremendous, the middle three were fantastic and Kaitlin (Brenn) and Daphne (Corboz) were both active up front. We had a lot of opportunities, hitting the post once, and we just dominated from start to finish."
The win was also a key league win as Georgetown and Rutgers are both in the BIG EAST's National Division. It was also just the second win ever at Rutgers for the Hoyas, and the second on the road against the Scarlet Knights for Nolan.
"There are no easy games in this conference and certainly no easy road games," Nolan said. "To come up there and beat a Rutgers team that is playing at home and having a really good season, it's a good win for us. This was a huge three points and makes it seem like six being a division win."
The Hoyas had controlled play from the start and held a 7-0 advantage in shots at the end of the first half, but the game remained scoreless. In the 62nd minute, after a quick throw-in, freshman Sarah Adams (San Diego, Calif./Westview) dribbled the ball toward the end line before sending a pass to O'Tousa, who came running into the box and hit a side volley past Rutgers goalkeeper Emmy Simpkins at 62:47.
It was the first collegiate goal for the senior midfielder, who did not waste the opportunity to celebrate it.
Georgetown out-shot Rutgers, 15-3, and had an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Nolan credited the play of the back line, especially junior defender Alexa St. Martin (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy), who marked Rutgers All-BIG EAST standout, and Canadian National Team member, Jonelle Filigno, limiting her to no shots on goal.
Sophomore Daphne Corboz (Greenbrook, N.J./Watchung Hills), who recorded her first career hat trick in Friday's 8-0 win over Seton Hall, was active up front, taking six shots, while junior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) took two shots and hit the post for the second-straight game.
Georgetown returns home next weekend, hosting Connecticut (4-3-1, 0-1-0) at North Kehoe Field. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m.
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