Nov. 16, 2007
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University women's soccer team saw their dream season end in gut-wrenching fashion, 2-1, to William & Mary on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Hoyas (14-8-0) never gave up and came close on numerous occasions but couldn't find the equalizer. William & Mary (15-4-2) now moves on to play host Virginia on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the second round.
"The result is, of course, disappointing," said Head Coach Dave Nolan. "But we have had a tremendous year and hopefully the seniors realize how much they have meant to this program and the freshmen got a taste of things to come here at Georgetown."
The Hoyas trailed 2-0 in the 79th minute when Ingrid Wells (Upper Montclair, N.J./Montclair) stepped up to attempt one of GU's five corner-kicks on the evening. The ball was headed down by freshman Courtney Kent (Laguna Niguel, Calif./St. Margaret's Episcopal) and after an absolute scrum ensued in front of the net, the ball trickled home via the foot of senior Sara Jordan (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central). Jordan's team-leading seventh goal of the season put GU on the scoreboard and also cut the Tribe lead in half at, 2-1.
Jordan had a chance to tie it in the 82nd minute only to be denied by W&M goalkeeper Meghan Walker and freshman Daryn Towle's (Santa Monica, Calif./Marymount) header attempt sailed just over the bar in the 88th minute. At the time, it seemed that would be the Blue and Gray's final real chance at knotting the score. However, what ensued in the contest's waning seconds almost prolonged the Hoya hope. With the clock counting down under 10 seconds, Jordan had a shot that came painfully close to Georgetown's second goal, but it trickled inches wide of the far post.
William & Mary got on the board in the fifth minute after a questionable call gave defender Kaitlin O'Connor a direct free-kick, which she buried past Hoya goalkeeper Jade Higgins (Island Park, N.Y./West Hempstead) for an early lead.
"In games like these, you always want to say `it's just another game', but you know it's not," said Nolan. "It seemed the girls came out a bit tense, nervous, but they regained their composure and fought valiantly here tonight."
Georgetown's two best opportunities in the first half came off of corner-kicks. The first attempt in the 18th minute did not lead to a shot on goal but the second one, in the 36th minute, did. Junior Stephanie Zare (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest) had a shot from a very difficult angle, and could not beat Walker to the near post from a very difficult angle.
The back-and-forth nature of the contest created numerous chances for each team, but no good scoring chances as Georgetown continued to pressure and William & Mary kept sending the ball back down the field to try and create counter attacks.
Claire Zimmeck's 17th goal of the season with 30 minutes to play put the Tribe in command of the contest at 2-0. Despite that tally, the Hoyas, like they've done numerous times this season, fought back. By ratcheting up the pressure even more after Zimmeck's goal, Georgetown was defiant in their attack of the W&M defense. In the minutes leading up to Jordan's goal, the Blue and Gray created two more corner-kick opportunities and Wells had a pair of great chances stopped by Walker, while another attempt went wide.