No. 23 Georgetown Blanks George Washington in Season Opener
Aug. 19, 2011
WASHINGTON - Thirty seconds was all it took for the Georgetown University women's soccer team (1-0) to score its first goal of the 2011 campaign and that goal wouldn't be the last as the Hoyas defeated the George Washington University Colonials (0-1) Friday evening in the season opener at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex.
Sophomore defender Kailey Blain (Merrimack, N.H,/Merrimack) scored two of Georgetown's three goals as the Hoyas used a second-half push to cruise to victory.
"We had a great start with Kailey scoring off a set piece very early and for the next 10-15 minutes it looked like we would score a bunch and win comfortably," said Georgetown Head Coach Dave Nolan. "But credit to GW, they are a well-coached team with great spirit and they dug themselves back into the game and made a fight of it."
Blain's goal just 32 seconds in gave the Hoyas a quick advantage as senior Samantha Baker (Long Beach, Calif./Wilson) assisted on the set piece. However, despite a number of early chances the Blue & Gray failed to find the back of the net again in the first half.
At the break, Georgetown held a 13-4 advantage in shots and junior goalkeeper Hanna Monson was forced to make just one save for the Hoyas.
In the second half, the Colonials began to put pressure on the Blue & Gray who was searching for a second score to widen the gap.
The answer would once again come from Blain who found the back of the net off of a pass from senior midfielder Ingrid Wells in the 57th minute.
Just two minutes later, the Hoyas would add another as Wells hit a penalty kick at 58:07 to make the score 3-0 which would be the final.
"We certainly needed the goals in the second half to give us some breathing space," said Nolan. "Now we can head into Sunday's match against American University with another game under our belt."
The Hoyas finished the match with a 25-7 advantage in shots and taking 12 corner kicks to GW's two. Monson took the win and shutout in the net with three saves to her credit, while the Colonials' Lindsey Rowe had 15 saves in the loss.
The Georgetown coaching staff had the opportunity to see a lot of combinations on the pitch as 18 Hoyas saw action.
"It's always nice to start the season with a win, a shutout and the chance to get a lot of players on the field"
The Hoyas will host their home opener on Sunday at North Kehoe Field as they take on the American University Eagles at 1 p.m.