No. 16/17 Georgetown Falls to No. 1/1 Notre Dame, 3-1
Oct. 10, 2008
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University women's soccer team saw their 10-game undefeated streak come to an end on Friday afternoon at the hands of No. 1 Notre Dame, 3-1. The Hoyas looked to have seized momentum after tying the game in the 17th minute on a goal by senior Stephanie Zare (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest), but ND scored two more times en route to the win.
Freshman Samantha Baker (Long Beach, Calif./Wilson) opened both halves with good scoring opportunities for the Blue & Gray and picked up the assist on the Zare goal with a long throw-in.
Georgetown threatened late when sophomore Caitlin Durkee (St. Paul, Minn./Como Park) had an attempt blocked in the 85th minute and freshman Camille Trujillo (Albuquerque, N.M./St. Pius X) was denied in the 88th minute by ND goalkeeper Kelsey Lysander.
"I'm proud of our resiliency after the third goal," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "When other teams would have just packed it in and called it a game, we made it a point defensively to not allow any more goals."
Jackie DesJardin (Sunnyvale, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) made a season-high seven saves for the Blue & Gray as Notre Dame out-shot Georgetown 18-6 and held a 10-0 advantage on corner-kicks.
"This was a game where our players learned from the experience," Nolan said. "It's not easy, after an 11-day layoff, to regain all the momentum we had before. Notre Dame on the other hand had a lot of momentum since they came in with an undefeated record."
Melissa Henderson broke the tie for the Fighting Irish in the 18th minute with a 1v1 goal off a flick. Despite Georgetown's protests for an off-side call, the goal stood and ND had a 2-1 advantage.
"When you play a difficult game or a good team, you have to play to near perfection," Nolan said. "You can't have a game where you have bad luck or calls go against you, and we had a little of that in the first half."
M.A.C Hermann Trophy Award winner Kerri Hanks scored her 13th goal of the season after ND was awarded a penalty kick for a foul in the box during the 13th minute. Hanks would pick up an assist on Courtney Barg's second-half goal that gave ND a two-goal lead. The tally was Barg's second of the season.
Notre Dame is the only Division I team in the country that is still unbeaten and untied (13-0-0). Notre Dame's unbeaten streak against conference opponents stands at a school-record 44 games (42-0-2), the third-longest string in NCAA history, dating to a 2005 loss at Marquette.
Georgetown will celebrate Senior Day prior to their 1 p.m. game with DePaul on Sunday.