WASHINGTON - The top-seeded Georgetown University women’s soccer team won its second-consecutive BIG EAST Championship with a 3-0 victory over the second-seeded Butler University Bulldogs (13-2-5) Sunday afternoon at Shaw Field. The Hoyas have earned an NCAA automatic tournament berth marking the eighth in program history. The team improved to 14-3-3 overall.
The win was the program’s first back-to-back tournament championship and the first time that the Hoyas won the regular season and the tournament in the same season. Only four teams in league history have won back-to-back titles.
“The kids deserve it, this team (Butler) has given up four goals all season and we knocked three past them today. I think our kids played really well, they really came out ready to go,” said Georgetown Head Coach Dave Nolan.
The Hoyas dominated the first half outshooting the Bulldogs, 11-2. After some early looks, the first goal of the game came in the 7th minute as senior midfielder Rachel Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Pingry) took a long free kick from the right side. She sent a ball right into the middle of the box and senior defender Taylor Pak (Wellington, Fla./American Heritage) got her head on it. Pak sent it over the outstretched arm of BU keeper Hannah Luedtke to make it 1-0.
Georgetown continued to control the pace with five total shots on goal in the half, keeping the Bulldog defense on its heels.
Late in the half, Butler had its two best chances of the half. The first was cleared by the defense, and Georgetown keeper Arielle Schechtman (Del Mar, Calif./La Jolla Country Day/UCLA) saved the second to make it 1-0 going into the break.
The second half started much like the first as the Blue & Gray scored a goal early. Just five minutes into the stanza, a long shot from sophomore defender Meaghan Nally (Herndon, Va./South Lakes) was saved at the near post by newly inserted Butler keeper Leonie Doege. The save bounced out and junior forward Caitlin Farrell (Wallingford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) was right there to send it right back in to give Georgetown the 2-0 lead.
The final goal of the game came in the 88th minute. Doege was passing the ball out to a defender, but Corboz managed to step in front and intercept. Corboz took a touch and fired at the open net sending it just below the crossbar to make the final 3-0. The Hoyas outshot the Bulldogs, 22-3, and took four corner kicks while Butler attempted none. The Bulldog keepers combined for eight saves, and Schechtman took the victory with one save to her credit.
The Hoyas snapped a 17-game unbeaten streak by the Bulldogs with their last loss coming on Aug. 20.
Corboz was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player of the Tournament as well as to the all-tournament squad. Also earning spots on the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team were Pak, Schechtman, Farrell and senior defender Elizabeth Wenger (Lititz, Pa./Warwick).
“We felt pretty good on our prospects for the NCAA Tournament going into this game, but this win locks it down,” said Nolan. “Also, by winning, winning here and winning as good as we did, I’m hoping that will get us a home game in the first round which would be awesome.”
The Hoyas will learn their fate on Monday at 4:30 p.m. ET as the NCAA holds its selection show online at NCAA.com. The opening round of games are scheduled for next weekend.