The Georgetown University women's soccer team was picked to finish in second place in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' poll, announced on Wednesday afternoon.
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's soccer team was picked to finish in second place in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' poll, announced on Wednesday afternoon.
The Hoyas received 72 points, including one first place vote, and were tabbed to finish second in the 10-team league. Marquette, with 81 points and nine first place votes, was picked to finish in first place, while St. John's (64 points) was picked third and DePaul (56 points) was selected fourth.
Senior midfielder Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills) was a unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST Preseason Team, the lone Hoya representative.
Corboz, a two-time All-American, was one of 63 players selected to the 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List last week. 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.
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, scored seven goals and had 13 assists.
Georgetown was one of two BIG EAST Conference schools ranked among the top-25 teams in the country in the preseason poll from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), coming in ranked No. 20.
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 opened the 2014 season up with an exhibition game on Tuesday, Aug. 12 against George Mason and then host Penn State on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. 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).
Georgetown plays its home opener on Friday, Aug. 29 against North Carolina State. The game kicks off at 3 p.m. on Shaw Field.
BIG EAST Women's Soccer Preseason Poll
1. Marquette - 81 points (9 first-place votes)
2. Georgetown - 72 (1 first-place vote)
3. St. John's - 64
4. DePaul - 56
5. Butler - 48
6. Villanova - 42
7. Seton Hall - 27
8. Creighton - 24
9. Providence - 22
10. Xavier - 14
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