April 28, 2010
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Head Women's Soccer Coach Dave Nolan announced the 2010 schedule for the Hoyas, featuring nine home games, including five against conference opponents and a matchup with the 2009 national runner-up Stanford. The challenging 2010 slate will have the Blue & Gray facing seven teams that played in last year's NCAA Tournament.
Georgetown finished the 2009 season with a 12-6-2 overall record, including a 6-4-2 mark in the BIG EAST Conference, finishing third in the National Division. The Hoyas were advanced to the postseason for the fifth time in six years, reaching the Quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament. Georgetown will return nine starters from last year's team, led by junior Ingrid Wells (Upper Montclair, N.J./;Montclair), who was an All-BIG EAST First Team selection after leading the team in scoring with seven goals and 11 assists for 25 points.
"This schedule is without question, the toughest and most challenging in my time here," Nolan said. "In order to be the best you have to play the best, so to play Notre Dame & Stanford, both No. 1 seeds in the last two years of NCAA play, shows our intention. That is to measure ourselves against the best in the country."
The 2010 schedule is highlighted by nine games at North Kehoe Field on the Hilltop, including five against conference foes. The Blue & Gray open the season on Saturday, Aug. 21, visiting American (1 p.m.). The team will host local rival George Washington on Friday, Aug. 27 (3 p.m.) and continue its homestand on Sunday, Aug. 29 (1 p.m.), hosting St. Francis (Pa.).
The annual D.C. Invitational will be hosted by the Hoyas this season. GU will play George Mason on Saturday, Sept. 4 (noon) before closing out the weekend on Monday, Sept. 6 against Fairfield (noon).
BIG EAST home games begin on Sunday, Sept. 26 when the Hoyas host Seton Hall at 1 p.m. That is the start of a three-game homestand against conference opponents, including a matchup against South Florida on Friday, Oct. 1 (3 p.m.) and one against Marquette on Sunday, Oct. 3 (1 p.m.).
The team will play four-straight conference games on the road before returning home on Friday, Oct. 22, hosting DePaul at 2:30 p.m. Senior Day will be held on Sunday, Oct. 24 with Georgetown hosting Notre Dame (1 p.m.).
In addition to the season opener at American, the away slate includes 10 games, including an appearance at a tournament at Santa Clara University.
The Hoyas open conference play at Villanova on Wednesday, Sept. 1 (4 p.m.). GU will play at James Madison on Friday, Sept. 10 (7 p.m.) before taking a week off before the trip to California. Out West, the Hoyas will play nationally-recognized Santa Clara on Friday, Sept. 17 (7:30 p.m.) and then play Stanford on Sunday, Sept. 19 (11 a.m.).
The team's fourth-straight road game will be on Friday, Sept. 24 when the Hoyas play at Rutgers (7 p.m.).
Following three games at home, Georgetown hits the road for another four-game road trip, starting on Friday, Oct. 8 at Cincinnati (7 p.m.). That weekend trip concludes with a visit to Louisville on Sunday, Oct. 10 (1 p.m.). The next week, Georgetown will play at Pittsburgh on Friday, Oct. 15 (7 p.m.) and then at West Virginia on Sunday, Oct. 17 (1 p.m.).
"Our Big East schedule is extremely challenging and our non-conference games on the road at James Madison and Santa Clara also help to give us the strength of schedule that the NCAA tournament selection committee considers," Nolan said. "he players and coaching staff are very excited for the Fall."
Georgetown will be seeking to return to the postseason for the fifth time in six years as the BIG EAST Championship First Round will be played on campus sites on Oct. 28. The quarterfinals will also be played at various campus sites on Oct. 31. The BIG EAST Championship will be hosted by Rutgers University from Friday, Nov. 5 to Sunday, Nov. 7.