Nov. 2, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's soccer team tied the game with less than seven minutes left in regulation and had a chance to win it at the end of the first overtime, but it took six penalty kicks for the Hoyas to dispatch South Florida, 5-4, to advance to the BIG EAST Championship game. The BIG EAST Semifinal game finished with a 1-1 draw after 110 minutes of play, but junior forward Colleen Dinn (Kensington, Md./Holy Cross) converted the Hoyas' sixth kick and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) made a save on South Florida's final shot to give the Hoyas the 5-4 decision.
Georgetown, now 15-2-3 overall, advances to the program's first-ever BIG EAST Championship game on Sunday, Nov. 4, where they will face Marquette, 1-0 winners over Notre Dame. The Hoyas are the No. 1 seed from the BIG EAST National Division and ranked No. 13 in the country, while the Golden Eagles are the No. 1 seed from the BIG EAST American Division and ranked No. 15 in the country.
"Over the run of play, I thought it was a game that we deserved to win and I'm really happy for the kids," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "We played into a tough wind in the first half and that made it tough for us, but credit to South Florida, they played really well and made it difficult for us. I was disappointed we weren't playing well, but as we went on in the second half, I felt the goal was coming and that we did enough to win the game."
After two exciting overtime periods, the game went to penalty kicks. The Hoyas converted on their first three shots, with Corboz, sophomore Jessica Clinton (Avon, Mass./Thayer Academy) and junior Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) each scoring. Newins made a save on the second shot from USF, but sophomore Audra Ayotte (Southborough, Conn./RHAM) sent the fourth shot just high. Junior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) easily converted the team's fifth shot and USF did as well, sending the penalty kicks to sudden death.
Dinn, who scored the game-winning goal in the BIG EAST Quarterfinal win over DePaul last weekend, stepped to the line, hesitated and then chipped her shot past Christiane Endler, giving the Hoyas a 5-4 lead. Newins dove to her left and stopped a shot from USF's Jackie Simpson, giving the Hoyas the thrilling win.
After a first half that saw USF control play for much of the opening 45 minutes, the Hoyas dictated the pace over the final 45 minutes of regulation and during the overtime periods. Georgetown out-shot USF 6-4 in the second half and had a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks. But it wasn't until the 83rd minute that the Hoyas were able to net the equalizer.
Senior co-captain Christina O'Tousa (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) sent a free kick from just past midfield to the near post, where Brenn slotted it toward the box to Corboz. The BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year had a defender on her but got a shot off that bounced off of Endler and off the head of Corboz into the goal at 83:44, tying the game.
Both teams had shots in the final two minutes, with Newins saving one from Olivia Chance and then a shot from Brenn being stopped at 88:05.
In the first overtime period, Clinton had a shot saved in the first minute and the Hoyas continued to press. As time wound down in the final minute, Brenn collected a ball from freshman Sarah Adams (San Diego, Calif./Westview) and took a shot that was blocked, and she nearly netted the game-winner at the buzzer but the shot went high.
Marquette had jumped on top of the Hoyas early in the game and converted in the 14th minute, with a free kick from about 35 yards out. Newins came off her line and saved the ball, but appeared to get bumped by a South Florida player in the box. As she fell to the ground, the ball became dislodged and Sharla Passariello collected the ball in the box and sent a shot into the upper portion of the net at 14:44.
Both teams took 10 shots while Georgetown had a 10-2 advantage on corner kicks. Newins made five saves.