Sept. 21, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's soccer team hit the road on Saturday morning, departing campus for a trip to Connecticut, where the Hoyas will face the Huskies on Sunday, Sept. 22. Kickoff at Morrone Stadium is slated for 1 p.m.
Georgetown enters Sunday's match with a 7-0-1 record, while the Huskies are 6-3-0 overall after a 1-0 double overtime win over LaSalle on Thursday
The Hoyas are ranked No. 10 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and No. 10 in the Soccer America poll.
The Hoyas won their seventh-straight game last Friday (Sept. 13), beating Yale 8-0. The eight goals scored by the Hoyas were a season-high and the most by a Hoya team since last year, when the team twice scored eight goals in a game, first in an 8-0 win over Seton Hall on Sept. 14 and then an in an 8-0 win over Pittsburgh on Sept. 30.
The team's win streak came to an end in a 1-1 double overtime draw with Central Florida on Thursday, but the Hoyas are unbeaten in eight games this season. The draw on Thursday extended Georgetown's home unbeaten streak to 16 games, dating back to the 2011 season.
The Hoyas have been led by a balanced attack on offense and a stingy defense. The Blue & Gray lead the BIG EAST, and rank No. 3 nationally, in scoring offense with 3.50 goals per game. The defense has been stingy, recording five shutouts and carrying a 0.50 goals-against average, which ranks No. 19 in the country.
The offensive attack, aided last Friday by the return of junior midfielder Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills), the BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and a 2012 First Team All-American, has been spread, with 13 players scoring at least one goal and 15 players with at least one point.
Corboz, who missed the first five games this season, was named the BIG EAST's Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after scoring two goals and recording three assists in her first extensive action of the season, playing 38 minutes. In her first two games for a combined 66 minutes, Corboz has two goals and four assists for eight points. She started against UCF and recorded an assist
Junior Audra Ayotte (Marlborough, Conn./RHAM) and senior forward Katilin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville), a Preseason 2013 All-BIG EAST First Team selection, lead the team in scoring with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Ayotte has three goals and a team-leading seven assists, while Brenn has scored four goals and has four assists.
The defensive unit has been led by junior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run), the BIG EAST Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year, who has five shutouts and has made 15 saves.
She plays behind a back-line that is deep and experienced, with senior captain Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) anchoring a line that includes classmates Colleen Dinn (Kensington, Md./Holy Cross), Mary Kroening (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) and Alexa St. Martin (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy). They have combined 292 games played and 202 starts entering this weekend.
UConn, formerly a member of the BIG EAST Conference, is 6-3-0 overall, with wins over LaSalle, Boston College and Syracuse. Rachel Hill leads the team in scoring with 10 points, scoring four goals and adding two assists. Goalkeeper Emily Armstrong has a 0.56 goals-against average.
The Huskies lead the head-to-head series, 10-3-0, but Georgetown has won three of the last five meetings, including a 4-0 decision at Shaw Field last year. The Hoyas scored three times in the first half in the win, with Corboz registering two goals.