Oct. 12, 2013
WASHINGTON - The No. 6-ranked Georgetown University women's soccer team hit the road today, headed to Milwaukee for a key BIG EAST Conference matchup on Sunday, October 12 at Marquette. Kickoff at Valley Fields in slated for 2 p.m. (ET).
The game is a meeting between the two top teams in the BIG EAST Conference, with Marquette in first place (11-3-0, 4-0-0 BIG EAST) and Georgetown in second place (11-0-2, 3-0-1).
Georgetown, weekend winners last week over Providence and Butler on the road, are ranked No. 6 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and No. 8 by Soccer America.
The Hoyas are unbeaten in their first 13 games this season, the longest streak in program history. GU has also been impressive on the road, posting a 5-0-0 mark away from home this season and a 10-2-1 record in the last two years.
The Hoyas improved to 11-0-2 and 3-0-1 in the league with a 2-1 win at Providence last Sunday, capping the weekend road sweep. Sophomore Sarah Adams (San Diego, Calif./Westview), who scored a goal in a 3-0 win over Butler last Thursday and added an assist against the Friars, was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll as a result of her performance.
Georgetown has been led this season by an offense that ranks No. 1 in scoring in the country, averaging 3.31 goals per game. The Hoyas have spread their scoring, with 14 players scoring at least one goal and 15 players with at least one assist. Junior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) has helped to lead a back-line that has recorded six shutouts this year and carries a team goals-against average of 0.61, which ranks No. 24 in the country. Newins is No. 29 in the country with a 0.59 GAA.
The Blue & Gray have six players in double figures in scoring, led by junior midfielder Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills), the BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Corboz, who missed the first five games of the season with an injury, has scored four goals and registered 11 assists for 19 points. She is tied for third in scoring in the BIG EAST (1.46/game) and leads the league in assists per game (1.36/game).
Senior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) is second on the team with 18 points, which ranks fourth in the BIG EAST. She has scored a team-high seven goals and her 18 points this season give her 60 for her career, which ranks tied for eighth all-time at Georgetown.
Junior forward Audra Ayotte (Marlborough, N.J./RHAM) is third on the team on the team in scoring with 15 points, scoring three points and tallying nine assists, which ranks second on the team. Junior forward Vanessa Skrumbis (Encino, Calif./Sierra Canyon), Adams and senior defender Mary Kroening (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) have each scored five goals and one assist for 11 points.
Senior Kailey Blain (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack) and sophomore Marina Paul (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Laguna Beach) have been solid in the midfield alongside Corboz. Blain, who has missed much of the last two years while battling injuries, has scored three goals and has two assists for eight points in 11 games, while Paul has three goals and one assist for seven points in nine games.
Newins has been helped on the defensive end by a back-line that is among the most experienced in the BIG EAST. Senior captain Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) anchors a line that includes classmates Colleen Dinn (Kensington, Md./Holy Cross), Kroening and Alexa St. Martin (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy). They have combined 311 games played and 221 starts entering Sunday's match.
The matchup with Marquette will be a rematch of the 2012 BIG EAST Tournament Championship game, won by the Golden Eagles, 1-0. The Hoyas have played MU only three times, trailing the season series, 1-2-0.