Hoyas Clinch No. 2 Seed in BIG EAST Tournament, Beat DePaul, 1-0
Oct. 22, 2010
WASHINGTON - In a game that would go a long way in deciding which team would have the opportunity to host a BIG EAST Tournament game on their home field, the Georgetown University women's soccer team came out on top and clinched the No. 2 seed with a 1-0 win over DePaul on a sunny and clear, but windy, afternoon at North Kehoe Field.
Georgetown improved to 13-5-0 overall and 7-3-0 in the BIG EAST, while the Blue Demons fall to 10-7-2 overall and 5-5-0 in league play. The win clinched the No. 2 seed in the National Division of the BIG EAST and guarantees the Hoyas a home game in the tournament quarterfinals.
"It was a nervy game because the stakes were so high for both teams," Georgetown Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "I thought we did a good job and I don't remember them having a great threat. In moments, we had a couple of good chances so it was surprising it took a penalty for it to happen."
The Hoyas had controlled the tempo of the game through much of the first 45 minutes, but were not able to take a lead. Just over a minute into the second half, however, junior forward Camille Trujillo (Albuquerque, N.M./St. Pius X) took a feed in the box on the near sideline. As she moved to the inside, Trujillo was taken down by DePaul defender Beth Perry and a penalty kick was called.
Junior midfielder Ingrid Wells (Upper Montclair, N.J./Montclair) stepped to the line and buried the shot to the far post, beating Kelsey Hoinkes at 46:30 to give the Hoyas a 1-0 lead they would not relinquish.
"What I told Camille at halftime was that with her pace and with the wind behind us, to take a chance that the ball would go behind," Nolan said. "She stayed on the shoulder of the last defender and they put a ball in behind her and they had no choice but to foul her."
DePaul pressed in the final 30 minutes, with five corners for the Blue Demons, but they could not score the equalizer. Senior goalie Jackie DesJardin (Sunnyvale, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) recorded three saves and registered her seventh shutout of the season.
Georgetown held a 12-6 advantage in shots, including six on goal, while DePaul had a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks.
The goal for Wells was her eighth this season and gave her 26 points for the season, setting a new career-high and moving her to within four points of the all-time lead at Georgetown held, by Sara Jordan (C'10).
The win was the 13th this season for Georgetown, tied for the second-most in school history with the 2008 team and one shy of the school record, set in 2007 when the team advanced to the BIG EAST Tournament Semifinals and the NCAA Tournament.
Georgetown will receive a bye in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament before hosting a quarterfinal game next weekend. "This was a big game," Nolan said. "To be home for the BIG EAST Tournament is great. It gives us a week to prepare and a week at home to prepare."
Georgetown will play its final regular season game on Sunday, Oct. 24, hosting No. 4-ranked Notre Dame (14-1-1, 8-0-1), Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. at North Kehoe Field as the Hoyas will honor six graduating seniors. A live webcast of the game, with Avi Creditor calling all of the action, will be available on the Georgetown Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - as well as live statistics.
Sunday's game is part of "Jr. Hoya Weekend" at Georgetown. Admission is free and fun and exciting activities will be held for children from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.