Speck's Second Half Goal Leads No. 22 Georgetown Past South Florida, 3-1
Oct. 1, 2010
WASHINGTON - Senior midfielder Amy Speck (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) scored a goal early in the second half as the 22nd-ranked Georgetown University women's soccer team came from behind for a 3-1 win over South Florida on Friday afternoon at North Kehoe Field.
It was the second-straight league win for the Hoyas, who improve to 9-3-0 overall and 3-1-0 in the BIG EAST Conference. South Florida falls to 6-3-2 overall and 1-2-1 in league play.
"It's the first time we've managed to come from behind to win a game," Georgetown Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "They're a good team, they're a very good team. They have two very dangerous forwards and we spoke about them, but it's one thing knowing what is going to come, it's another to stop it.
"The kids didn't lose focus. They kept knocking on the door, hitting the post twice and having a ball cleared off the line. We had some good chances and I told them at halftime to keep doing what we were doing and we'd get our chances."
South Florida had jumped on top with a goal in the eighth minute of the game, but the Hoyas, who had 10 shots in the first half, tied the game in the 29th minute on a score from junior forward Camille Trujillo (Albuquerque, N.M./St. Pius X).
After a foul was called on the Bulls in the 52nd minute, freshman Kailey Blain (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack) sent a cross from the box toward Speck, who was open from 20 yards out. She took a blast that hooked in past USF goalkeeper Nicole McClure to the far post, giving the Hoyas a 2-1 lead.
The Hoyas continued to press, with a header from Blain going wide and a shot from freshman Kaitlin Brenn (Branchurg, N.J./Somerville) saved by McClure.
Georgetown sealed the win with a goal in the 74th minute. Junior Kelly D'Ambrisi (Trumbull, Conn./Lauralton Hall Academy) fed a ball into the box to Brenn, who dribbled to the far post and brought McClure off her line and scored on an open net, giving the Hoyas a 3-1 lead.
The Blue & Gray had come out strong in the opening minutes, with shots from D'Ambrisi and Trujillo saved by McClure and one from senior Caitlin Durkee (St. Paul, Minn./Como Park) off a corner kick going just high. The Bulls, however, took a 1-0 lead at 8:32 when Chelsea Klotz made a run upfield, split two defenders and sent a cross to the far post, where Venicia Reid headed it in for the goal.
Georgetown continued to press, with a shot from senior Michaela Buonomo (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock) going just wide, a header from Speck going high and one from Blain hitting the post. In the 29th minute, a shot from Durkee was blocked and Trujillo was in the box and put it in at 29:46 for the goal, her seventh of the season.
The Hoyas held a 16-6 advantage in shots, with seven on goal, and had an 8-1 advantage on corner kicks.
Georgetown continues its homestand this weekend, hosting BIG EAST rival Marquette (6-3-2, 3-0-0) on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 1 p.m.
"I feel this is one of our soccer-playing performances because it was against a good team and we played really good soccer and we had some really good chances," Nolan said. "This is the BIG EAST, so we've got one tough game after another. Marquette is a tough team and they're going to bring numbers and play a tough, physical game. We've got to be able to match that and let our soccer take over."