Sept. 21, 2012
WASHINGTON - Even after scoring three first half goals to take an early lead, Georgetown Head Women's Soccer Coach Dave Nolan wanted one more. Just to feel a bit more comfortable. He got his wish midway through the second half as the Hoyas scored their fourth unanswered goal and No. 19 Georgetown beat UConn, 4-0, at North Kehoe Field Friday afternoon in a BIG EAST Conference match.
It was the third-straight win for the Hoyas, who improved to 9-1-1 overall and 3-0-0 in BIG EAST play, just the third time in program history the team has won its first three league games. UConn falls to 5-4-1 and 1-2-0 in the league.
Georgetown entered the game ranked first in the BIG EAST in points (72) and goals (26), trailed closely by Connecticut, who was second in both categories (69 points, 25 goals).
"I thought it would be a tight game," Nolan said. " I knew we would cause them some problems because of the personnel we have, but I also felt they would cause us some problems because of the attacking personnel they have. I think it helped us getting off to a good start and scoring a couple of goals. It caused them to maybe get a little frantic in terms of what they were trying to do and it allowed our kids to settle in a bit more. The quick start was very important."
Connecticut had a chance in the eighth minute when a shot from Danielle Schulmann, the leading scorer, was blocked, but the Hoyas countered in the next minute and that opened up the gates. Junior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) scored in the ninth minute and then sophomore midfielder Daphne Corboz (Greenbrook, N.J./Watchung Hills) added two more goals in the next 14 minutes as the Hoyas took a 3-0 lead at the break.
In the ninth minute, freshman forward Sarah Adams (San Diego, Calif./Westview) sent a pass from the far side of the box to the middle, where Brenn knocked it past UConn goalkeeper Leigh-Ann Jaggon at 9:54, giving the Hoyas a 1-0 lead.
Just over seven minutes later, Adams again found an open Georgetown player for a goal. After a throw-in on the near sideline, the ball came to Adams on the far side of the box and she sent a cross to Corboz in the middle and she scored at 16:58, giving the Blue & Gray a 2-0 lead.
The Hoyas struck again seven minutes later, with Corboz taking a blast from 18 yards out after a deflection, giving GU a 3-0 lead at 23:41.
"Even at 3-0 at halftime, I felt they were very dangerous," Nolan said. "I thought that Danielle (Schulmann) and the kids who were playing underneath and their attacking midfielders were getting in a good groove, but I've got two very good center-backs. And Emily (Menges) in particular, is just so fast. Even if there is a window, she manages to close it so quickly. I thought the fourth goal was going to be key. If they got one, they had belief and would have been chasing the game, but when we got it, it's tough to run when you're down 4-0."
After a foul on the near sideline, Georgetown's free kick was taken by junior defender Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City). Her cross went to the far corner of the box, where junior forward Colleen Dinn (Kensington, Md./Holy Cross) headed it past Jaggon at 62:58, giving the Hoyas the 4-0 lead.
Corboz led the way with two goals, while Brenn and Dinn each scored and Adams had two assists, while Menges had one. Georgetown out-shot UConn, 20-6, and had an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) made a pair of saves and the back line, led by Menges, junior Alexa St. Martin (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) and Mary Kroening (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) and senior Claire Magliola (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah), stopped threats from the Huskies.
Georgetown closes out the weekend of conference play on Sunday, Sept. 23, hosting Providence (6-2-1, 1-0-0) at 1 p.m.