Aug. 7, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's soccer team was ranked No. 20 in the country in the preseason poll from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
The Hoyas are one of two BIG EAST Conference schools ranked among the top-25 teams in the preseason poll, joined by Marquette (No. 15).
Georgetown closed out the 2013 season with a 16-3-2 record, tying the school single-season record for wins in a season, set during the 2012 season when the Hoyas went 16-4-3. The Hoyas were selected to the play in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years and reached the second round. The team set a school record with 58 goals scored and was ranked among the top three in the country in scoring offense.
The Hoyas open the 2014 season up with a pair of exhibition games, first on Tuesday, Aug. 12 against George Mason at 5 p.m., and then on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. Both games will be played at Shaw Field.
The regular season starts on Friday, Aug. 22, when the Blue & Gray travel to California to play in a tournament at the University of San Diego. The first game of the season will be against the Toreros on Aug. 22 (10:30 p.m. ET). The weekend concludes on Sunday, Aug. 24 with a matchup against Long Beach State (2:30 p.m. ET).
The team's regular season home opener is slated for Friday, Aug. 29, when GU hosts North Carolina State at Shaw Field at 3 p.m.
Four teams ranked among the NSCAA preseason top-25 dot Georgetown's schedule. The Hoyas will play a pair of teams ranked in the preseason during a tournament in September, playing at Virginia Tech (No. 5, Friday, Sept. 5) and against Wake Forest (No. 21, Sunday, Sept. 7). Other games against preseason ranked teams include a non-league game at West Virginia (No. 12, Friday, Sept. 12) and a league game against Marquette (Sunday, Oct. 12).
Georgetown welcomes back 19 letterwinners and five starters from last year's team, led by senior Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills), who was one of 63 players selected to the 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List on Wednesday. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in NCAA soccer presented annually to one male and one female athlete. This is the second-straight year that Corboz, who has trained with the U.S. U-23 team, has been selected to the preseason watch list.
Corboz, who was also selected to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Top XI team, is a two-time All-American. She was named the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year in 2013 and led the team with 27 points last season. Corboz, who was also a unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team selection and a preseason candidate for the Hermann Trophy, scored seven goals and had 13 assists. She missed the first five games of the season with an injury, but was among the most dominating players in the BIG EAST upon her return.