Oct. 17, 2013
WASHINGTON - Senior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) assisted on two first half goals and the No. 15-ranked Georgetown University women's soccer team bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 4-0 win over BIG EAST rival St. John's on Thursday afternoon at Shaw Field.
The Hoyas improved to 12-1-2 overall with the win and 4-1-1 in the BIG EAST, while SJU falls to 7-4-3 overall and 1-3-2 in league play. The win was the 18th-straight at home dating back to the 2011 season for the Hoyas, who are ranked No. 15 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and No. 12 by Soccer America.
"We actually played much better in the Marquette game (a 4-0 loss) than we did today," Georgetown Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "I was very disappointed in our first half performance in particular. I thought we were very fortunate to be up at all in the game. I thought at halftime they were better in the first half. Emma made a couple of key saves and Emily (Menges) made a couple of key tackles. I thought were fortunate to go in, never mind up, just not to be down."
After St. John's opened the first half with a flurry of shots, but could not connect, the Hoyas countered in the latter stages. Senior defender Colleen Dinn (Kensington, Md./Holy Cross) sent a cross from the near sideline to the box, where Brenn passed it through the box to senior midfielder Kailey Blain (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack), who tapped it in from the far post at 19:09, giving GU the 1-0 lead.
Five minutes later, Brenn sent a perfectly placed cross from the far side of the box into sophomore midfielder Marina Paul (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Laguna Beach), who headed it past SJU goalkeeper Diana Poulin for the 2-0 lead at 24:15.
The lead grew to 3-0 in the 63rd minute when junior forward Audra Ayotte (Marlborough, Conn./RHAM) picked up a loose clearance and blasted a shot from 20 yards out that beat Poulin to the upper corner at 62:30. After a corner kick from junior midfielder Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills), the ball bounced in the box and junior forward Ashley Shaffer (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) took a shot that was saved by a Red Storm defender. The ball was being cleared and landed at the feet of Ayotte, who scored her fourth goal of the season.
Corboz scored Georgetown's final goal in the last minute. A foul was called on the Red Storm and Corboz deposited the resulting free kick from about 20 yards out with 29 seconds left on the clock.
Junior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) made a season-high seven saves for the Hoyas, including five in the first half when SJU's Amy Marron and Rachel Daly, the leading scorer in the country, were able to get loose for shots. Nolan praised the effort of the Georgetown back-line, in particular senior defender Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City).
"Daly's a very special player, but Emily's a special player too," Nolan said. "The thing for Emily is anytime she did get in trouble, there was a second defender to help her. But that's a credit to Emily. She did a very good job on a very talented player."
The Hoyas out-shot SJU, 12-11, while each team took three corner kicks.
Georgetown is back in action again this weekend, hosting Creighton (9-4-1, 2-2-1) on Sunday, Oct. 20. Kickoff at Shaw Field is slated for 1 p.m.