Oct. 20, 2013
Junior midfielder Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills) scored one goal and had two assists and junior forward Vanessa Skrumbis (Encino, Calif./Sierra Canyon) registered two goals as the No. 15-ranked Georgetown University women's soccer team posted its second-straight shutout with a 4-0 win over Creighton on Sunday afternoon at Shaw Field.
The Hoyas improved to 13-1-2 overall with the win and 5-1-1 in the BIG EAST, while CU falls to 9-6-1 overall and 2-4-1 in league play. The win was the 19th-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 wanted to come out aggressive," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "We got a couple of good goals in the first half and we continued in the second half with good play."
Georgetown scored twice in the first half, when the Hoyas out-shot the Bluejays, 10-2, and then added two more in the second half for their ninth game this season with at least three goals.
"We always talk about coming out strong and coming out fast because we're that type of team," Nolan said. "We play at a pace few teams do. We feel we can put teams on their heels quickly if we do it. Last year we did it a lot but it seems like this year, it's taking a bit more."
The Hoyas got into the box several times in the opening 10 minutes and had shots from Skrumbis, sophomore Marina Paul (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Laguna Beach) and senior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville). The team struck through in the 17th minute, when Corboz sent a ball through the box to senior midfielder Kailey Blain (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack). Blain took a shot from the12-yard line that beat Creighton freshman goalkeeper Danielle Rice at 16:53.
The lead grew to 2-0 in the 33rd minute when freshman Grace Damaska (Milton, Ga./Blessed Trinity) controlled a ball going toward the end line. Before the ball went out, Damaska slotted the ball through the box to a streaking Corboz. The BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year dribbled once around a defender and blasted a shot from the 12-yard line to the center of the goal at 32:47.
Georgetown continued its push early in the second half when Skrumbis centered the ball after a pass sophomore forward Sarah Adams (San Diego, Calif./Westview) near midfield. Skrumbis took a shot from 15 yards out that Rice saved but the ball snuck through her hands and into the goal at 47:50, giving GU a 3-0 lead.
Skrumbis added her second goal of the game in the 65th minute after a great feed from Corboz, who sent a ball from just over the midfield line in the air to Skrumbis, who was just inside the 18. Skrumbis dribbled around a defender and took a shot from 14 yards out at 64:17 for the 4-0 lead.
The Georgetown defense recorded its second-straight shutout, and its eighth of the season, as senior defenders Colleen Dinn (Kensington, Md./Holy Cross), Mary Kroening (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) and Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) limited chances for the Bluejays through most of the game.
When Creighton did have a threat, on a free kick from 25 yards out by Kelsey O'Donnell, junior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) moved to her left to make a save.
Georgetown out-shot Creighton, 19-6, while both teams had two corner kicks.
The Hoyas are back in action for their final BIG EAST regular season road game of the year, visiting Villanova on Sunday, Oct. 27. Kickoff in Pennsylvania is slated for 1 p.m.