Sept. 23, 2012
WASHINGTON - The second game of a weekend is always a challenging one, and that was the case for the Georgetown women's soccer team on Sunday, but junior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) scored midway through the first half and the 20th-ranked Hoyas held on for a 1-0 win over Providence at North Kehoe Field.
It was the fourth-straight win for the Blue & Gray, who improve to 10-1-1 overall 4-0-0 in the BIG EAST Conference. This is the fastest Georgetown has reached 10 wins in program history and it is the first time in program history the Hoyas have won their first four conference games. Providence falls to 7-4-1 overall and 2-2-0 in league play.
"I knew it was going to be a tough game," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "They (Providence) had a disappointing performance against Villanova on Friday and we had been very good and sometimes on the second game of a weekend, you get the opposite from Friday. They were going to come out fired up and were excited to play us because we're having a good season. I felt it was important to get out to a good start and deflate them a bit, but we never did.
"We got a goal and had some chances through play early, but I didn't feel that we played as good as we've played earlier in the season. At 1-0, it's always going to be nervy and anything can happen so I was happy to get the win."
Georgetown out-shot Providence, 20-6, including a 12-1 edge in the second half, but it was a goal midway through the first half that decided the game.
The Hoyas had a chance in the fifth minute when a corner kick from sophomore midfielder Daphne Corboz (Greenbrook, N.J./Watchung Hills) was headed off the crossbar by junior defender Mary Kroening (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury).
After a shot from Providence's Mary Vercollone was saved by redshirt freshman goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) in the 27th minute, Georgetown countered. Sophomore forward Jessica Clinton (Avon, Mass./Thayer Academy) picked up the ball on the far side of the box and dribbled through traffic before taking a shot from 16 yards out that was saved by PC goalkeeper Jessica Goudreault, but the ball bounced back out to the feet of Brenn on the far post and she deposited it at 28:03, giving the Hoyas the lead.
Georgetown got the ball into the box again just a minute later, but a shot from Corboz was cleared off the line by a defender, leaving the score 1-0 at the half.
The Hoyas had several chances in the second half, out-shooting the Friars 12-1. A shot from Brenn in the 53rd minute was saved by Goudreault and after a deflection, a second shot from junior forward Colleen Dinn (Kensington, Md./Holy Cross) was cleared off the line. In the 70th minute, Brenn had a shot cleared off the line and a rebound shot from freshman forward Sarah Adams (San Diego, Calif./Westview) was saved.
Newins made two saves for the Hoyas, one in each half as the Hoyas back line limited scoring chances for the Friars.
"Our defense was really very good," Nolan said. "We made a change in the lineup and put Neela (Mohan) in for her first collegiate start and she was tremendous. We moved Mary (Kroening) into the central spot and she was very good, but Neela did a great job for us."
Georgetown is off until next Sunday, Sept. 30, visiting Pittsburgh. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.