Aug. 21, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's soccer team hit the road early on Wednesday morning, headed for the West Coast, where the team will open the 2014 regular season on Friday, Aug. 22 in a tournament at the University of San Diego.
The Hoyas will play host San Diego on Friday, Aug. 22 at 10:30 p.m. (ET) in the first round of the Torero Classic. Live stats and a video stream of the game will be available on the USD website.
The tournament concludes on Sunday, Aug. 24 when the Blue & Gray play Long Beach State. Kickoff at Torero Stadium is slated for 2:30 p.m. (ET) and live stats for the match will be available on the USD website.
Georgetown enters the 2014 season ranked among the top-20 teams in the country in two national polls, appearing at No. 15 in the Soccer America poll and No. 20 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings.
The Hoyas, picked to finish in second place in the BIG EAST Conference, are expected to be led by senior midfielder Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills), who on Thursday was selected to the Soccer America Preseason All-America team and was tabbed as the No. 6 player in the country by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Corboz was one of 63 players selected to the 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List earlier this month. 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 also a unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST Preseason Team, the lone Hoya representative.
A two-time All-American, Corboz 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.
Senior Audra Ayotte (Marlborough, Conn./RHAM), who finished third on the team in scoring last year with six goals and 10 assists for 22 points, and senior Vanessa Skrubmis (Encinco, Calif./Sierra Canyon), who scored eight goals and had 17 points in 2013, are expected to carry some of the offensive load, along with senior Ashley Shaffer (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) and sophomore Grace Damaska (Milton, Ga./Blessed Trinity).
Also returning for the Hoyas is senior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run), an All-BIG EAST Third Team selection, and a two-time all-league honoree. She recorded 10 shutouts last year and posted a 0.70 goals-against average while making 50 saves.
Head Coach Dave Nolan will have to find a way to replace six starters from last year's team, including four from the midfield and defense. Senior Jessica Clinton (Avon, Mass./Thayer Academy), who had three goals and eight points in 2013, juniors Sarah Adams (San Diego, Calif./Westview), Neela Mohan (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) and Marina Paul (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Laguna Beach) are all expected to see considerable time on the pitch.
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.
Georgetown plays its home opener on Friday, Aug. 29 against North Carolina State. The game kicks off at 3 p.m. on Shaw Field.