WASHINGTON - The No. 17 Georgetown University women’s soccer team defeated the Seton Hall University Pirates, 5-0, Sunday afternoon at Shaw Field. With the victory, the Hoyas improve to 9-2-1 overall and 3-0 in BIG EAST Conference play. It also marked the team’s seventh-consecutive shutout, totaling 10 on the season.
“I thought in the first half we were probably 60 percent, we just weren’t as sharp as we needed to be,” said Georgetown Head Coach Dave Nolan. “We were fortunate to get the first goal before halftime because it put a seed of doubt in their heads. We got the goals in key moments. It was an efficient performance, but it certainly wasn’t our best.”
The Hoyas controlled possession and pace throughout the first half. Despite spending almost the entire half on offense, every shot was stopped, a few from point-blank range, by Pirate keeper Laura Dramis. In the 44th minute, the Hoyas broke through as sophomore defender Meaghan Nally (Herndon, Va./South Lakes) took a long shot from the top right corner of the box and hit the far corner of the net to make it 1-0 going into the half.
The scoring was early and often in the second half as the Blue & Gray settled into the contest. The Hoyas would add four more goals to solidify the victory.
In the 55th minute, junior forward Caitlin Farrell (Wallingford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) crossed a ball into the box at the near post. Forward Amanda Carolan (Bayville, N.J./Central Regional) was there to receive it and head it past Dramis to make it 2-0.
Just 53 seconds later, the Hoyas added another off of a corner kick. Senior midfielder Rachel Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Pingry) served in the corner and found classmate Taylor Pak (Wellington, Fla./American Heritage) at the far post. Pak was able to rise above the crowd and head it in to quickly make it a three-goal lead.
Georgetown possessed throughout the rest of the half as the Hoya defense was rarely tested.
In the final 15 minutes, both coaching staffs went to the bench mixing up the lineups. This set the stage for freshman forward Jenna Menta (Lincolndale, N.Y./Somers) to get on the board twice.
In the 81st minute, a turnover in the box resulted in the ball at Menta’s foot and her 1v1 with Dramis. Menta managed a technical finish to make it 4-0. She wasn’t done yet, however, as Menta had an open look just a minute later. Her first shot was stopped by Dramis, but the rebound came right back and Menta sank it to make it a 5-0 decision for the Blue & Gray on the afternoon.
Georgetown outshot Seton Hall, 27-4, and took eight corner kicks while the Pirates where awarded none. Dramis finished with eight saves in the contest and Georgetown keeper Arielle Schechtman (Del Mar, Calif./La Jolla Country Day) had one save for the game.
The Hoyas will continue BIG EAST play on Thursday as the squad hosts Creighton at Shaw Field in a 3 p.m., matchup. The game will be streamed live on the BIG EAST Digital Network with Monika Moore calling the action. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
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