Sept. 30, 2012
WASHINGTON - Sophomore midfielder Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills) scored a career-high five goals, including three in the first half, as the No. 11-ranked Georgetown women's soccer team scored five times in the first half en route to an 8-0 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon.
It was the fifth-straight win for the Hoyas, who improved 11-1-1 overall and 5-0-0 in the BIG EAST, while the Panthers fall to 5-9-1 overall and 0-5-1 in league play.
Corboz finished the game with five goals and one assist for 11 points, setting a school record for goals in a BIG EAST game. The five goals also tied the all-time BIG EAST individual record for goals in a game, last set by UConn's Ginny Woodward, who scored five goals against Providence in 1996. The sophomore also set a new BIG EAST record with 11 points, eclipsing the mark of 10 points in a game, held by three different players.
Not to be outdone, junior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) scored two goals and had two assists, while junior defender Mary Kroening (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) scored Georgetown's other goal, heading in the eighth goal off a corner kick in the 82nd minute.
"It was hard for Pittsburgh since they played on Friday, had a tough loss and we didn't," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "They've had some tough weekends and us coming in fresh didn't make their job any easier. They're a decent team but we got out on them quickly and once you do that against a team that's tired, it's deflating.
"Our kids were buzzing, but once we got up 2-0, we started to play really well. The first two goals were great goals. Daphne had a great finish on the first and Kaitlin (Brenn) scored a great reaction goal off a corner and that got us going."
The Hoyas wasted little time, with Brenn and Corboz connecting in the second minute. Brenn assisted Corboz on the first shot, with her goal going to the lower right corner at 1:17. Corboz scored again at the 2:55 mark, blasting in a deflection from 18 yards out.
In the 14th minute, Corboz sent a corner kick to the box, where freshman midfielder Marina Paul (Alisa Viejo, Calif./Laguna Beach) got a head on it and Brenn tapped it in at 13:25, giving GU a 3-0 lead. Brenn added her second goal of the game at 28:18, intercepting a clearing pass and finishing to the lower left corner.
The lead grew to 5-0 and Corboz tallied her third goal of the game with a shot she finished to the upper left corner at 31:09.
"It's really great to watch Daphne and Kaitlin play together," Nolan said. "In some ways, it's almost like they're telepathic because they read each other so well. But they had some great looks and really finished well today."
The two continued things in the second half, teaming up for the sixth goal early in the second half. Brenn sent a cross toward the box that Corboz tipped in at 47:46. Corboz scored her fifth goal of the game at 69:56, taking a shot from the left side that went in to the lower right corner. The Hoyas finished their scoring in the 82nd minute, when sophomore forward Audra Ayotte (Marlborough, Conn./RHAM) sent a corner kick to the box and Kroening head it in.
The Hoyas out-shot Pittsburgh 16-2 and had a 6-1 edge in corner kicks. Sophomore goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) made one save as she recorded her fifth BIG EAST shutout.
"We had to shuffle some things around in the lineup," Nolan said. " Jessie (Jessica Clinton) came in and played at right back, we moved Marina to center back and Neela (Mohan) played really well in the midfield. There's no stats for it, but Tina (Christina O'Tousa) does all the dirty work and she just stepped up her game. And Claire (Magliola) really played well in the back. The kids new we needed to step up our game with some absences and I was really proud of how they played."
The Hoyas are back in action next weekend, visiting Cincinnati and Louisville.