Sept. 12, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's soccer team is back home on Friday, Sept. 13, hosting Yale in the second game of a three game homestand for the Hoyas. Kickoff at Shaw field is slated for 3 p.m.
Live coverage of the game will be available on the Georgetown Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Tom Kolker, the voice of the women's soccer team for the last two years, calling the play-by-play.
Georgetown improved to 6-0-0 with a 3-0 win over Delaware this past Sunday at home, the start of its homestand. It was the sixth-straight win to open the season, the third time in the last four years that GU has won its first six games. It was the second win of the week for the Blue & Gray, followed by an impressive 2-0 win at North Carolina State on Wednesday.
The Hoyas are ranked No. 12 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and No. 13 in the Soccer America poll.
The Hoyas have been led by a balanced offense and defense, with nine different players scoring at least one goal, 14 players with at least one assist and a back-line and goalkeeper that have posted three-straight shutouts and four overall this season.
On the offensive side, junior forward Audra Ayotte (Marlborough, Conn./RHAM) leads the team with 15 points, scoring four goals and registering a team-best seven assists. Ayotte is tied for the team lead in goals with senior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville), who has four goals and three assists for 11 points.
Junior forward Vanessa Skrumbis (Encino, Calif./Sierra Canyon) has scored three goals and has seven points, while sophomore forward Sarah Adams (San Diego, Calif./Westview) has three goals and junior forward Jessica Clinton (Avon, Mass./Thayer Academy) has two goals and two assists for six points.
The Hoyas received a boost last weekend when junior midfielder Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills), the BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, played in her first game of the season and registered an assist.
Defensively, the Hoyas have been led by junior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run), who was named to the BiG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday. Newins, the BIG EAST Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year, has posted four shutouts this season, made 13 saves and carries a 0.92 goals-against average.
The back-line - led by senior captain Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), along with seniors Colleen Dinn (Kensington, Md./Holy Cross), Mary Kroening (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) and Alexa St. Martin (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) - is one of the most experienced in the BIG EAST, with a combined 284 games played and 194 starts entering this weekend.
Kroening was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after scoring a goal and an assist in the team's 3-0 win over Delaware on Sunday. It is the second time this season that a Hoya player has earned league defensive player of the week honors, joining Menges, who was tabbed on Aug. 26.
This will be the second meeting ever between Georgetown and Yale. The Bulldogs posted a 2-0 win over the Hoyas in 2003 in the first meeting. The Hoyas have an all-time record of 3-2-4 against teams from the Ivy League.
Yale enters the game with a 2-0-0 record following wins over Stony Brook (1-0) and UMass-Lowell (3-1) to open the season. Junior forward Frannie Coxe has scored two goals to lead the Bulldogs.