Sept. 20, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's soccer team returns home this weekend for a pair of crucial BIG EAST Conference matches, starting on Friday, Sept. 21, when the Hoyas host Connecticut at North Kehoe Field. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. Live video of the game - with Tom Kolker providing all of the play-by-play - will be available on the Georgetown Athletics website, www.guhoyas.com.
The Hoyas, winners of their last two games, enter the weekend with an 8-1-1 overall record and a 2-0-0 mark in the BIG EAST. After wins over Seton Hall and Rutgers to open conference play last weekend, Georgetown is now ranked No. 19 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and in the Soccer America poll.
Georgetown was led to the wins last weekend by sophomore Daphne Corboz (Greenbrook, N.J./Watchung Hills) and Alexa St. Martin (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy), who were selected as the BIG EAST Conference Offensive Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, on Monday.
Corboz recorded a hat trick in an 8-0 win over Seton Hall last Friday, finishing the game with four points on three goals and one assist. She leads the team in scoring with 18 points, tallying seven goals and four assists. She is tied for second in the league in scoring (18 points, 1.80 per game) and tied for third in goals (7, 0.88 per game). In 31 career games, Corboz has 17 goals and 5 assists for 39 points.
Junior forwards Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) and Colleen Dinn (Kensington, Md./Holy Cross) have each reached double figures in scoring, helping to lead an offense that ranks first in the BIG EAST in points per game (7.20) and first in goals per game (2.60).
Brenn is second on the team in scoring with 13 points, and is second on the team both in goals scored (5) and assists (3). Dinn, meanwhile has scored four goals and has two assists for 10 points.
The Hoyas have had great production from the team's underclassmen, with freshmen and sophomores accounting for 58.3 percent of the team's scoring (42 of 72 points). Corboz has led the charge with 18 points, but classmates have contributed. Ashley Shaffer (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) has scored five points, while Vanessa Skrumbis (Encino, Calif./Sierra Canyon) and Jessica Clinton (Avon, Mass./Thayer Academy) have four points apiece. Freshmen Sarah Adams (San Diego, Calif./Westview) and Marina Paul (Alisa Viejo, Calif./Laguna Beach) have a goal and an assist apiece for three points.
St. Martin has been a vital cog in the Hoya backline this year, helping to spearhead a group that has allowed only nine goals all season and ranks second in the BIG EAST with a 0.88 goals-against average. She helped the Hoyas secure a pair of shutouts during the weekend, the fifth and sixth, respectively, this season. She played 84 minutes in the 8-0 win over Seton Hall and then followed that up by playing the full 90 in the 1-0 win over Rutgers, helping to hold Rutgers' top scorer Joenlle Filigno, a member of the Canadian National Team, without a shot on goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) has a 6-1-1 record with five shutouts and a 0.86 goals-against average..
Connecticut enters the weekend with a 5-3-1 overall record and a 1-1 mark in the BIG EAST. The Huskies are led by senior forward Danielle Schulmann, who has scored nine goals has six assists for 24 points and leads the BIG EAST in scoring. UConn opened BIG EAST play last weekend, losing at Syracuse (3-2) and winning at St. John's (5-1).
This will be the 13th meeting all-time between the programs. UConn leads the head-to-head series, 10-2-0, and has won the last two meetings. The teams last met in 2009 (a 2-1 UConn win) and Georgetown is 1-6 at home against the Huskies. Since Head Coach Dave Nolan took the helm of the program in 2004, the Hoyas have a 2-3 record against UConn.
Georgetown closes out the weekend of conference play on Sunday, Sept. 23, hosting Providence (6-2-1, 1-0-0) at 1 p.m.