Oct. 28, 2012
WASHINGTON - When the 14th-ranked Georgetown University women's soccer team took the field on Sunday, the question that lingered was what could come first, a goal or the first rain bands from Hurricane Sandy? Thankfully for the Hoyas, junior forward Colleen Dinn (Kensington, Md./Holy Cross) scored a goal before the rain and Georgetown made it stand en route to a 1-0 win over DePaul in a BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinal game at North Kehoe Field.
The win improves Georgetown's record to 15-2-2 overall and propels the Hoyas into the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals for the second-straight year. The Hoyas, the No. 1 seed in the National Division, will face South Florida, who beat Louisville, 4-3, in penalty kicks. The game against USF, the No. 2 seed in the American Division, will air live on the CBS Sports Network at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 at Morrone Stadium in Storrs, Conn.
"It was always going to be a very difficult game," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "They're a tough team and they don't give up a lot of goals. They were going to be a handful. It was just a matter of whether we could get enough to get them on their back feet by scoring. I thought they played a great game and made it difficult for us."
The Hoyas were aggressive in the opening minutes of the game and had a pair of corner kicks in the first eight minutes. Georgetown connected on its third corner kick, as sophomore midfielder Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hulls) sent the ball to the box. Freshman midfielder Marina Paul (Alisa Viejo, Calif./Laguna Beach) headed the ball toward the box and Dinn knocked it in off the back of her head to upper near post past DePaul goalkeeper Megan Pyrz at 9:50, giving the Blue & Gray a 1-0 lead.
"It really settled things for us," Nolan said of the goal. "We had one eye on the weather and we wanted to try and get on top of them before the weather broke. We were a bit unlucky to get a second one."
DePaul's lone shot of the first half came in the 11th minute when Amber Paul took a shot from 22 yards out that redshirt freshman goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) easily saved.
The Hoyas had other chances in the first half, but could not capitalize. Corboz, the team's leading scorer with 16 goals, had a shot blocked in the 17th minute and then had another go wide in the 30th minute.
Georgetown out-shot DePaul, 7-3, in the second half and sophomore Jessica Clinton (Avon, Mass./Thayer Academy) had three shots saved by Pyrz. Junior Mary Kroening (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) had a header off a corner kick from sophomore Audra Ayotte (Marlborough, Conn./RHAM) go just high in the 83rd minute that would have given GU a 2-0 lead.
The Blue Demons pressed as the game wore on, but the Georgetown midfield and back line, led by senior Claire Magliola (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah), along with Kroening and Alexa St. Martin (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) stifled many chances.
"I didn't really feel they had much where they were going to score," Nolan said. "Our center-backs, with Mary (Kroening) and Alexa (St. Martin) were very good and Marina (Paul) and Tina (O'Tousa) did a good job of stopping anything before it started. Overall, it was a fair result."
Georgetown out-shot DePaul, 14-4 overall and had an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks. Newins finished with three saves.