Junior Mary Kroening scored on a header in the 81st minute, lifting Georgetown to a 1-0 win over Cincinnati.
Oct. 6, 2012
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Head Women's Soccer Coach Dave Nolan knew his team would face a test this weekend as the 11th-ranked Hoyas hit the road for a pair of BIG EAST Conference games. GU passed the first test on Friday night, scoring a goal with less than 10 minutes left in the game to hang on for a 1-0 win over Cincinnati in Ohio.
It was the sixth-straight win for the Hoyas, who improve to 12-1-1 overall and 6-0-0 in the league, while the Bearcats fall to 4-9-1 overall and 1-6-0 in league play. Georgetown is ranked No. 11 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and No. 19 in the Soccer America poll.
"Tonight was a very difficult game in difficult conditions, with rain and wind on a tight, wet, turf field," Nolan said. "Credit to Cincinnati for setting up to stop us playing. They really closed down spaces well and worked hard to find counter attacks."
The game was scoreless through the first half, with Cincinnati holding an 8-6 advantage in shots, but the Hoyas pressed in the second half. Georgetown's leading scorer, sophomore midfielder Daphne Corboz (Greenbrook, N.J./Watchung Hills), who has 14 goals and 34 points, took 10 shots overall and had one blocked and one saved by Bearcats goalkeeper Kristina Utley in the early stages of the second half.
The Hoyas had a pair of corner kicks in the second half and the second proved to be decisive. Corboz took the kick and sent it inside the six-yard box, where junior defender Mary Kroening (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) headed it past Utley into the right side of the net at 80:39, giving the Hoyas the 1-0 lead.
Georgetown had several chances in the latter stages of the game, but could not add another goal with shots from Corboz and freshman Marina Paul (Alisa Viejo, Calif./Laguna Beach) saved and another from Corboz blocked.
A shot from Cincinnati's Kate Schmidt went wide in the 88th minute and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) made four saves for the Hoyas.
"I thought our back four were very good, very disciplined and gave them little," Nolan said. "It was a night the game was going to be decided by a great play or a bad mistake. Mary came up with a big play for us, scoring her second goal in consecutive games and we just about deserved the win."
The Hoyas out-shot Cincinnati, 16-13, and had a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.
The road trip continues for Georgetown on Sunday, as the Blue & Gray face Louisville (8-3-2, 2-2-2) in Kentucky. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. and will be shown live on the CBS Sports Network.
"I am very proud of this group for finding a way to win," Nolan said. "Now it's on to Louisville for a big game on Sunday."
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