Sept. 29, 2013
WASHINGTON - The No. 10-ranked Georgetown University women's soccer team scored three times in the first half and added four more goals in the second half en route to a 7-1 win over Xavier in the first-ever meeting between the new BIG EAST Conference rivals at Shaw Field on Sunday afternoon.
Sophomore defender Marina Paul (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Laguna Beach) scored two goals and junior midfielder Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills) had three assists as six different Georgetown players scored goals and nine players had at least one point.
The Hoyas, ranked No. 10 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and No. 8 by Soccer America, improved to 9-0-2 overall, extending their season-opening unbeaten streak to 11 games, the longest in program history. The win also extended the team's unbeaten streak at home to 19 games, dating back to the 2011
"The scoreline aside, I wasn't particularly happy with the overall performance," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "Obviously, you want the win and the points, but from the first minute to the last minute, I didn't feel like we played anywhere near our capabilities."
The game was scoreless for the opening 10 minutes, but the Hoyas struck first in the 34th minute when Corboz's corner kick was headed in from the near post by senior defender, Mary Kroening (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury).
That was the first of three goals in a nine-minute span before the end of the first half. Junior forward Jessica Clinton (Avon, Mass./Thayer Academy) made it 2-0 in the 36th minute when she took a shot from the top left of the box, beating XU goalkeeper Katie Markesberry at 35:28.
The lead grew to 3-0 before the end of the half when junior forward Vanessa Skrumbis (Encino, Calif./Sierra Canyon) headed in a ball at the 42:18 mark after a cross from the far side of the field from senior defender Colleen Dinn (Kensington, Md./Holy Cross).
Paul got on the board early in the second half, heading in a corner kick service from Corboz at 49:21, pushing the GU lead to 4-0. Xavier got on the board in the 57th minute when Erin McGauley scored off a feed from Sydnee Fields. The goal by the Musketeers was only the third scored against the Hoyas at home this season and only the fourth in the last 17 games at Shaw Field dating back to last season.
The Hoyas pushed the lead to 5-1 in the 67th minute when Paul and Corboz again teamed up. The corner kick from Corboz found Paul, who headed it past Rachel Piccus to the far post at 66:07.
In the 71st minute, sophomore Sarah Adams (San Diego, Calif./Westview) scored her fourth goal of the season after taking a cross from junior forward Audra Ayotte (Marlborough, N.J./RHAM) on the left side. Adams shot it past Piccus at 70:07 to make it 6-1.
Senior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) scored an unassisted goal in the 73rd minute. Brenn knocked in a goal after a rebound from Piccus bounced in the box and she scored her seventh of the season at 72:11.
Georgetown out-shot Xavier, 40-5, and held a 16-3 advantage in corner kicks. Junior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) played the first half before giving way to sophomore Christina Mangels (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), who played 29 minutes, and sophomore Lauren Trower (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield), who played the final 15 minutes.
The Hoyas are back in action on Thursday, Oct. 3, visiting Butler for the first meeting between the teams. Kickoff in Indianapolis, Ind. is slated for 7 p.m.