Georgetown Women's Soccer Drops BIG EAST Opener at Home to Villanova, 1-0
Sept. 21, 2007
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University women's soccer team (7-2-0) dropped their BIG EAST opener at home this afternoon to Villanova, 1-0. The Wildcats (6-0-2) received a late second-half goal from Kelly Eagan off a corner-kick from Kayce Blandford. After the skidding cross from Blandford found its way through a crowd, Eagan beat GU freshman goalkeeper Jackie DesJardin (Sunnyvale, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) for the game's lone tally.
Freshman Ingrid Wells (Upper Montclair, N.J./Montclair) had Georgetown's best chance at taking a lead in the 55th minute when she caught Villanova goalkeeper Jillian Loyden creeping forward, out of the goal area. Wells lofted a shot which sent Loyden backpedaling, however, the VU senior standout tipped the ball just over the cross bar for a GU corner-kick.
In an evenly-contested game, the Hoyas created opportunities in the first half but were unable to score. Each team finished with 10 shots total as Georgetown senior midfielder Sara Jordan (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) led the Hoyas with three shots. Sophomore Toni Marie Hudson (Coral Springs, Fla./Stoneman Douglas) and junior Stephanie Zare (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest) each took two shots.
"We knew coming in that Jillian was one of the best goalkeepers in the conference and Villanova is an outstanding team," said Head Coach Dave Nolan. "It's a disappointing loss, but this was going to be a 1-0 type-of-game and we blinked first."
With the shutout today, Loyden set a new Villanova career record by blanking opponents in 30 games.
Georgetown's next game is Friday, September 28 against BIG EAST opponent Seton Hall. The game is slated for a 3 p.m. start at North Kehoe Field.