Sept. 22, 2013
WASHINGTON - When Georgetown University Head Women's Soccer Coach Dave Nolan put his schedule together for the 2013 season, his hope was that his team would finish non-conference play with a number of wins, and with wins over quality teams. On Sunday, senior forward Katilin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) scored with six minutes left and No. 10 Georgetown beat Connecticut, 2-1, at Morrone Stadium, giving the Hoyas just what Nolan had ordered.
The Hoyas remain unbeaten this season as they improved to 8-0-1 overall, while Connecticut falls to 6-4-1 overall. Georgetown, ranked No. 10 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and No. 10 in the Soccer America poll, are unbeaten in their first nine games of the season for the first time in program history.
"It was a really good win for us," Nolan said. "UConn is never an easy place to come play and the girls played really well. We scored a really good goal in the first half and dominated play and then in the second half they came out fast and furious.
"We withstood it for most of it and then with 15 minutes to go they scored and it came down to who could get the second goal and we scored indirectly off a set piece, which is something we should be doing more of. Katilin (Brenn) scored a really nice goal. We were happy to get out with a win."
The Hoyas scored the game-winner at the 84:11 mark when Brenn lofted a shot over Emily Armstrong from six yards out, assisted by junior Audra Ayotte (Marlborough, Conn./RHAM).
Georgetown had taken a 1-0 lead early in the game, but UConn tied the game in the 63rd minute when a shot from Samantha McGuire bounced off of Georgetown junior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) and to the feet of Rachel Hill, who finished into the back right of the net.
The Blue & Gray jumped on top midway through the first when senior midfielder Kailey Blain (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack) laced a pass to the top of the box where junior midfielder Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills) was waiting. Corboz took a step toward the middle of the box and fired a shot into the bottom left corner of the net, past a diving Armstrong at 22:48. It marked the third goal of the season for the Georgetown midfielder.
Georgetown had an excellent chance three minutes into the second half when Corboz exchanged give-and-go passes with Brenn, who beat the Husky defense, but slipped on the wet grass and was unable to get a shot off.
Connecticut out-shot Georgetown, 16-7, while the Hoyas had a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks. Newins made six saves for the Blue & Gray.
"We hoped to come out of the non-conference schedule with a significant number of wins and a significant number of wins over quality teams," Nolan said. "The bottom line is we're unbeaten after nine games."
Georgetown is back home on Thursday, Sept. 26, hosting DePaul as BIG EAST Conference play begins. Kickoff at Shaw Field is slated for 3 p.m. The Hoyas beat the Blue Demons twice last year by scores of 1-0, including a win in the BIG EAST Tournament.
"DePaul is a team that played us really, really tough last year in two different games," Nolan said. "They're a very good defensive team, they're a very well-coached team and it'll be a tough game."