Sept. 28, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's soccer team starts a key stretch of the season with four of the final six games of the regular season on the road beginning with a matchup at Pittsburgh on Sunday, Sept. 30. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field at Petersen Sports Complex.
The Hoyas improved to 10-1-1 overall and 4-0-0 in the BIG EAST with wins over Connecticut (4-0) and Providence (1-0). The 10 wins for Georgetown in 12 games is the team's fastest to double digits in program history, while it is the first team GU has ever stated BIG EAST play with four-straight wins.
Georgetown is ranked No. 11 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and No. 19 in the Soccer America poll.
The Hoyas have been led by a balanced attack that leads the BIG EAST in scoring and in goals-against average. In four league games, the Blue & Gray are ranked first in points (38, 9.50 per game) and goals scored (14, 3.50 per game), while the team is also the only squad in the BIG EAST to not allow a goal in league play, carrying a 0.00 goals-against average.
Junior Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), who was named the BIG EAST Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, has been among the leaders on the backline that has recorded eight shutouts this season, including four-straight to open BIG EAST Conference play.
She and defensive teammates Mary Kroening (Woodbury, Mass./Woodbury), Claire Magliola (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah) and Alexa St. Martin (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy), have Georgetown ranked first in the BIG EAST in goals-against average overall at 0.74.
Sophomore goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) has a 10-1-1 record with eight shutouts and a 0.71 goals-against average..
Junior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville), who was named to the Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, has been among the leaders on the offensive side. Brenn scored a pair of goals over the weekend, tallying the team's opening goal in the 4-0 win over UConn on Friday and then added the only goal of the game in the 1-0 win over Providence on Sunday.
Brenn is second on the team in scoring with 17 points, coming off of seven goals and three assists. She is second on the team in both goals and assists. In BIG EAST games, she has two goals and two assists for six points.
She has been a key figure in an offense that ranks first in the BIG EAST in points (85, 7.08 per game), first in goals (31) and second in goals per game (2.58). Against BIG EAST opponents, Georgetown is first points (38, 9.50 per game), first in goals (14) and third in goals per game (3.50). This is the second time Brenn has been named to the Weekly Honor Roll as she was also selected on Aug. 27.
Sophomore midfielder Daphne Corboz (Greenbrook, N.J./Watchung Hills) leads the team in scoring with 22 points, scoring nine goals and four assists. She is second in the BIG EAST in scoring. Junior forward Colleen Dinn (Kensington, Md./Holy Cross) is third on the team in scoring with 12 points (5 goals, 2 assists).
This will be the 16th meeting all-time between Georgetown and Pittsburgh, with the Hoyas leading the series, 7-6-2. Georgetown has won the last three meetings between the teams, including a 6-0 victory at home last season. The Hoyas are 2-3-2 all-time at Pittsburgh.