Nov. 4, 2011
Morgantown, W. Va. - A goal from senior forward Samantha Baker (Long Beach, Calif./Wilson) tied the game midway through the first half and the Georgetown women's soccer team controlled play through the first 45 minutes of play, but West Virginia broke the tie early in the second half en route to a 5-1 win over the Hoyas in a BIG EAST Semifinal matchup at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium on a cool and breezy Friday night.
The loss ends a four-game win streak for the Hoyas, who fall to 15-6-0 overall, while WVU (16-4-0) advances to the BIG EAST Championship, where they will face Louisville, 2-1 winners over Notre Dame, on Sunday at noon. Georgetown, playing in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament for the second time in program history, now awaits the selections for the 2011 NCAA Tournament, which will be announced on Monday, Nov. 7 at 4:30 p.m.
"I thought the first half we got ourselves back into the game and we had great momentum going into the break," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "The crucial moments of the game are the first minutes of the game, the last minutes of a half and the first five minutes of the second half. And once they get that second goal, we were always going uphill. They got the third one and it's hard against a team like West Virginia who plays with such high intensity. But I credit the kids because we kept playing, they played right to the end and we tried to get that second goal."
Tied at 1-all at the half, West Virginia broke the tie early in the second half when Meghan Lewis picked up the ball off a turnover and blasted a shot from the top corner of the 18, beating senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Hanna (Waxhaw, N.C./Weddington),at 48:48.
The Hoyas had a chance to tie the game a few minutes later when freshman midfielder Daphne Corboz (Greenbrook, N.J./Watchung Hills) had a shot bounce off the near post, then deflected a clear on the end line. She controlled the ball and passed to sophomore defender Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), but a WVU defender cleared the ball before she could get a shot off.
The Mountaineers, however, scored two more times in the next eight minutes and pushed the lead to 4-1 before adding a final goal in the 74th minute.
Georgetown found itself facing a 1-0 deficit when Bry McCarthy's corner was headed in to the near post at 3:57, but the Hoyas countered on the offensive end quickly. In the ninth minute, a Baker corner was nearly headed in by sophomore Mary Kroening (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury). In the 21st minute, sophomore Colleen Dinn (Kensington, Md./Holy Cross) sent a ball to redshirt midfielder Ingrid Wells (Montclair, N.J./Upper Montclair). Wells sent a cross to the top of box, where a shot from senior forward Camille Trujillo (Albuquerque, N.M./St. Pius X) was saved by WVU goalkeeper Sara Keane.
The Hoyas connected in the 28th minute when senior midfielder Kelly D'Ambrisi (Trumbull, Conn./Lauralton Hall Academy) threaded a ball through two defenders to Baker, who was one-on-one against the keeper and blasted a shot to the lower left, tying the game at 27:53.
Georgetown continued to press and controlled play through the remainder of the half. Sophomore Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Branchburg) had one shot blocked and was taken down in the box but no foul was called as the Hoyas missed a chance to take the lead. And a shot from Wells from the far side of the box, after a feed from Corboz, bounced off the crossbar.
Georgetown out-shot West Virginia, 11-10, and had a 9-4 advantage in corner kicks.