WASHINGTON - Former members of the Georgetown University women’s soccer team will begin the journey to the 2018 National Women’s Soccer League championship next week. Four Hoyas are scattered all across the country and will be competing in the 10-team league.
Newcomer Elizabeth Wenger (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) will look to make a name for herself during preseason as she reports to camp for the local Washington Spirit. Wenger was selected by the Boston Breakers with the seventh pick in the second round of the 2018 draft, the 17th overall selection. The Breakers folded, and Wenger was picked up in second round of the Dispersal Draft with the eighth pick.
Wenger earned her first career All-America honor this past fall, receiving a nod to the second team. She was a First Team All-Midwest Region honoree after being named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year. She was a three-time All-BIG EAST honoree, earning a spot on the first team as a senior. Wenger earned five BIG EAST weekly awards this season and also her second-consecutive all-tournament award being named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player as a senior.
She anchored a defense that allowed just seven goals in 21 games and led the nation in shutout percentage. Wenger started in 19 games on the season, and in her career she had two assists and 78 starts.
Rachel Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Pingry) will also begin her rookie campaign this spring. Corboz was a last-minute addition to the draft pool as she weighed her options in the United States and abroad. The midfielder was picked up by the Seattle Reign FC as a Discovery Player as she resports out West later this week.
Corboz was a First Team All-America and a First Team All-Midwest Region selection. This past season she was named the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year and a unanimous First Team All-BIG EAST honoree. She led the team with nine goals and 12 assists for 30 points on the season, and had seven multi-point performances. Corboz was the nation's active career leader in assists and assists per game as a senior, and ranked second in the country in assists and fourth in assists per game. She led the country in total assists (16) in 2016, and now ranks second on GU's all-time career listing in assists (44) and points (112).
In her career, Corboz earned two career BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year awards and was a four-time All-BIG EAST honoree including three nods to the first team. She was a three-time United Soccer Coaches All-American, four-time United Soccer Coaches All-Region honoree and a two-time MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist. Corboz earned a spot on the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team in 2016 and 2017, winning Most Outstanding Offensive Player as a senior.
Emily Menges (C’14) will look to continue her impressive professional career with the Portland Thorns as she and the squad will defend their 2017 NWSL Championship. In her four professional seasons, Menges was a 2016 NWSL Best XI honoree and a 2017 NWSL Second XI selection. Last year, she started 23 matches and played all 180 minutes of Portland’s run to the championship. In 2016, Menges had a breakout season, being selected as the Supporters’ Player of the Year and Team MVP. She was also called into a U.S. Women’s National Team camp in November, 2016.
At Georgetown, Menges was a First Team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in 2013. In addition, she was a First Team All-BIG EAST selection and the league's Defensive Player of the Year. She was the 25th overall selection and the seventh pick of the third round by the Thorns in the 2014 draft.
A two-time semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy, she was also a 2012 First Team All-BIG EAST selection when the team set a school record with 13 shutouts. As a freshman in 2011, Menges started all 24 games and helped lead the team to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. She was an All-BIG EAST Rookie selection that season. In her four-year career, Menges started 83 of 84 games played, scored two goals and was part of defensive units that posted 40 shutouts.
Rounding out the Hoya professionals is midfielder Daphne Corboz (C’15) who will return to Sky Blue FC later this season after a stint with the French Women’s National Team. Corboz, currently on loan with French club FC Fleury 91, was born to French parents and holds dual-citizenship with the United States and France. The Greenbrook, N.J. native played in her first National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season for Sky Blue FC in 2017. She made 12 starts over 19 appearances, recording one goal and a team-leading five assists. Prior to joining Sky Blue FC, Corboz spent two seasons with Manchester City of the FA Women’s Super League.
Corboz, a two-time All-American, concluded her Georgetown career as the top scorer in program history with 134 points. She is the all-time leader in goals scored with 47 and ranks third all-time in assists with 40.
Corboz was named the BIG EAST Conference's Midfielder of the Year and the league's Offensive Player of the Year in 2014, the first time one player has won both awards in the same season. In addition, she was a unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team.
As a senior, she led Georgetown in scoring with 42 points, scoring a team-high 12 goals and registering a team-high 18 assists. Her 18 assists broke the school single-season record of 13, which she set as a junior in 2013. In scoring 42 points, she fell two points off the single-season record of 44 points, which she set as a sophomore in 2012.
She was named the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year in 2013 and led the team with 27 points. Corboz, who was also a unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team selection, scored seven goals and had 13 assists despite missing the first five games of the season. As a sophomore, Corboz was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 and was a First Team All-American.
In total, the Hoyas boast six former players that have appeared in camps with NWSL squads.