Nov. 4, 2012
East Hartford, Conn. - Georgetown University Head Women's Soccer Coach Dave Nolan told his team that all he wanted his team to do on Sunday was to come out, play hard and play like champions in the BIG EAST Women's Soccer Championship Game. The Hoyas did just that, but Marquette took advantage of a late chance, scoring with just over two minutes remaining as the Golden Eagles beat the Blue & Gray, 1-0, at Rentschler Field.
Georgetown falls to 15-3-3 overall and now awaits the NCAA Tournament selections, which will be announced on Monday, Nov. 5 at 4:30 p.m. Marquette improves to 16-2-2.
"All I asked them to do was to come out today and play hard and to play like champions," Nolan said. "They did that. It's a tough feeling anytime you lose a championship game but I couldn't be prouder than I am of them right now.
After a second half in which Georgetown controlled play for much of the final 25 minutes, Marquette picked up a loose ball with about 2:30 left and Rachael Sloan sent a pass from the far sideline to the box where Taylor Madigan got a piece of it and sent a low shot to the far post, beating redshirt freshman goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) with 2:28 left to play.
The Hoyas pressed in the final two minutes but could not equalize. A free kick taken by junior defender Mary Kroening (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) put the ball in the box and junior forward Colleen Dinn (Kensington, Md./Holy Cross) appeared ready to corral it but could not and Marquette was able to clear the ball away.
After a quiet first half, Georgetown found some open space in the second half but could not connect. A free kick taken by sophomore Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills) in the 57th minute was the team's best chance, as the shot, from the near sideline and about 10 yards outside the box was saved by Marquette goalkeeper Amanda Engel.
Moments later in the second half Corboz and junior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) played a bit of give-and-go, but Engel collected the ball as Corboz was about to get a shot off.
Georgetown had controlled play for the latter part of the second half until a turnover resulted in Marquette possession. The Golden Eagles came in to the box and had a shot cleared off the line by Dinn.
Marquette had the run of play for much of the first half, holding a 7-2 advantage in shots. The Hoyas had the first chance of the game in the opening minutes as a shot from freshman Sarah Adams (San Diego, Calif./Westview) was blocked, resulting in one of two corner kicks for GU in the opening 45 minutes.
After the first 10 minutes, Marquette began to get into the Georgetown offensive third and had several chances, made a series of saves, keeping the game scoreless. The best chance for the Golden Eagles came in the 23rd minute when Newins saved a shot and another was cleared off the line by Kroening.
Marquette held a 12-3 advantage in shots while Georgetown had a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Brenn, Corboz and junior defender Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) were named to the all-tournament team.