No. 15 Georgetown Hosts St. John's in Thursday Afternoon Conference Match
WASHINGTON - The No. 15-ranked Georgetown University women's soccer team returns home on Thursday, Oct. 17, hosting BIG EAST Conference rival St. John's. Kickoff at Shaw Field is slated for 3 p.m.
A live video stream of the game will be available on the Georgetown Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Tom Kolker calling all of the action.
Georgetown enters the game with an 11-1-2 overall record and a 3-1-1 mark in the BIG EAST Conference, tied for second place with DePaul. The Hoyas are ranked No. 15 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and No. 12 by Soccer America.
The Hoyas were unbeaten in their first 13 games this season, the longest streak in program history, until a 4-0 loss at Marquette last weekend. GU has a 17-game unbeaten streak at Shaw Field, dating back to the 2011 season.
Georgetown has been led this season by an offense that ranks No. 2 in scoring in the country, averaging 3.07 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 0.85.
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), sophomore forward Sarah Adams (San Diego, Calif./Westview) 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 315 games played and 225 starts entering Sunday's match.
Georgetown leads the head-to-head series with St. John's, 6-5-1, and has won six of the last seven meetings. This is only the third meeting between the teams in the last five years. The previous two meetings were both on the road, a 1-0 SJU win in 2009 and a 2-1 overtime victory for the Hoyas in 2011.