Georgetown Selected as Preseason Favorite in BIG EAST

Aug. 10, 2017

WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women’s soccer team was selected as the preseason favorite to win the BIG EAST Conference and three Hoyas were selected as the recipients for preseason player of the year awards on Thursday.

The Hoyas earned all nine possible first-place votes and swept all three preseason major awards – BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Rachel Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Pingry), Defensive Player of the Year Elizabeth Wenger (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) and Goalkeeper of the Year Arielle Schechtman (San Diego, Calif./La Jolla Country Day/UCLA). They were joined on the All-BIG EAST Preseason Team by sophomore forward Amanda Carolan (Bayville, N.J./Central Regional).

The BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll, major awards and all-conference selections are based on ballots cast by the league’s 10 head coaches, who cannot vote for their own teams or student-athletes.

Following Georgetown’s 81 points in the poll were reigning BIG EAST regular season co-champions DePaul with 70 points and one first-place vote, and Marquette with 67 points. St. John’s (54) and Providence (48) rounded out the top five.

Georgetown claimed its first BIG EAST Championship in 2016 and shut out four-consecutive opponents in the NCAA Tournament to advance to its first College Cup. The Hoyas fell to eventual national champion USC, 1-0, in the semifinals to complete the year 20-3-3 overall and 6-1-2 in conference play. Georgetown enters 2017 ranked No. 5 in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll thanks to the return of three of its top-five scorers from a year ago as well as defensive anchors both on the field and in net.



Corboz, who was named a First Team All-American by the United Soccer Coaches (formerly the National Soccer Coaches Association of America) last year, was selected to the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy Watch List earlier this week, recognizing the top player in the country. An All-BIG EAST First Team pick the last two years, she led the team in scoring with 38 points in 2016. She was second on the team in goals scored (11) and led the team in assists (16). Corboz led the country with 16 assists, was tied for No. 12 in the country in total points (38) and No. 26 in points per game (1.65).

Georgetown led the BIG EAST in goals allowed (0.56) and goals against average (0.53), thanks in part to the defensive duo of Wenger and Schechtman. Schechtman, an All-BIG EAST Second Team pick and a third team United Soccer Coaches All-Northeast Region selection, led the conference in save percentage (.875), shutouts (six) and goals against average (0.44).

Georgetown opens the regular season on Friday, Aug. 18, hosting preseason No. 1 West Virginia at Shaw Field. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m.

BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1. Georgetown, 81 (9)
2. DePaul, 70 (1)
3. Marquette, 67
4. St. John’s, 54
5. Providence, 48
6. Butler, 43
7. Villanova, 31
8. Creighton, 28
9. Xavier, 16
10. Seton Hall, 12

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Rachel Corboz, Georgetown, Sr., M

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Elizabeth Wenger, Georgetown, Sr., D

Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year
Arielle Schechtman, Georgetown, Sr., GK

Preseason All-BIG EAST Team^
Alexa Ben, DePaul, Sr., M*
Amanda Carolan, Georgetown, So., F
Franny Cerny, DePaul, Jr., F
Shea Connors, St. John’s, Sr., F
Rachel Corboz, Georgetown, Sr., M*
Samantha Dewey, Xavier, Jr., F
Lucy Edwards, DePaul, Sr., M
Shannon McDevitt, Butler, Sr., D
Carrie Madden, Marquette, R-Jr., F
Allie Moar, St. John’s, Sr., M
Paige Monaghan, Butler, Jr., F
Arielle Schechtman, Georgetown, Sr., GK
Elizabeth Wenger, Georgetown, Sr., D

^extra players added due to a tie in voting
*unanimous selection

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