WASHINGTON, D.C. ? An overtime goal by Shara McNeill (Avon, Conn./ Avon) gave the Georgetown women?s soccer team a 1-0 victory over Providence Sunday on North Kehoe Field. With the win, the Hoyas improve to 4-6-0, while the Friars, who last week played No. 18 Boston College to a 1-1 tie, drop to 5-3-2.
The victory is Georgetown?s fourth in five games, and McNeill?s goal was her sixth of the season. She currently leads the team in scoring, with 6 goals and 3 assists, for 15 total points.
McNeill?s goal developed when she received a pass from junior Casey McCann (Mendham, N.J./ Mendham) in front of the goal, turned, and shot to the upper right corner of the net. The hard shot escaped the reach of Providence goalkeeper Caroline Haines, and Georgetown claimed the sudden death victory.
Georgetown is now 1-1 in overtime matches this season, after previously dropping a 2-1 contest to George Mason on Sept. 9.
Freshman Erin Mazursky (Atlanta, Ga./ Pace Academy) had 2 saves while in goal for the Hoyas, including a great leaping save in the 8th minute on a high shot from the Friars? Maura Robertson. Robertson?s 2 shots on the day led a Providence team that was effectively shut down by Georgetown defenders Cristina Araps (Belle Meade, N.J./ Montgomery), Lauren Calone (Branchburg, N.J./ Gill St. Bernard) and Kyle Holsinger-Johnson (Rockland, Del./ Wilmington Friends).
Late in the first half, Araps made a tremendous steal to stop a 2-on-1 Providence breakaway, and the defense didn?t allow a single Providence shot in second half. The aggressive Georgetown defense limited the Friars to 3 first-half shots, and only 1 shot in overtime.
Mazursky picked up the win in goal for the Hoyas?her fourth?and posted her second shutout of the season. She is a perfect 4-0 as a starter.
Georgetown?s next contest is scheduled for Oct. 3, at home, against Villanova.
Box Score: Georgetown 1, Providence 0