Oct. 27, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 14/18 Georgetown University women's soccer team begins play in the BIG EAST Tournament on Sunday, Oct. 28 at North Kehoe Field, facing DePaul. Kickoff is slated for noon in the BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinal match.
Live video of the game, with Tom Kolker calling all of the action, will be available on the Georgetown Athletics website, www.guhoyas.com. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance to North Kehoe Field for $5.
The Hoyas, ranked No. 14 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and No. 18 in the Soccer America poll, enter the weekend with a 14-2-2 overall record. Georgetown earned a bye into the BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinals after posting an 8-1-1 record in league play and winning the BIG EAST National Division title.
This will be the second meeting this season between Georgetown and DePaul. The Hoyas extended their unbeaten streak to nine games with a 1-0 overtime win over the Blue Demons on Oct. 14, the last regular season home game. Sophomore forward Vanessa Skrumbis (Encino, Calif./Sierra Canyon) scored just over two minutes into the first overtime period to lift GU to the win.
The Hoyas have been led a balanced attack on both ends of the field. The Blue & Gray are second in the league in goals (44, 2.44 per game) and rank second in the league in points per game (123, 6.83 per game). On the defensive side, Georgetown leads the BIG EAST in goals-against average (0.59) and was tied for fewest goals allowed (11) with Marquette.
In BIG EAST games, the Georgetown defense allowed only two goals in 10 games, carrying a 0.19 goals-against average that ranked first in league games.
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run), who was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week once during the season and to the Weekly Honor Roll once, set a school record with 12 shutouts.
The team's solid defense has been helped by senior Claire Magliola (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah), along with juniors Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), Mary Kroening (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) and Alexa St. Martin (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) and sophomore Jessica Clinton (Avon, Mass./Thayer Academy), a natural forward. Georgetown players claimed Defensive Player of the Week honors three times during the regular season, with St. Martin being recognized twice and St. Martin once.
Sophomore midfielder Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills) leads the team in scoring with 38 points, a school record. She has scored a BIG EAST-best 16 goals and added six assists. Corboz is eighth in the country in points per game (2.11), tied for seventh in goals per game and is tied for fourth in goals scored (16).
Junior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) is third in the BIG EAST in scoring with 26 points, tallying nine goals and eight assists. She is tied for third in goals and tied for second in assists.
This is Georgetown's 10th appearance in the BIG EAST Tournament, and the sixth-straight year the team has played in the Quarterfinals. The Hoyas have an all-time record of 3-9 in tournament play.
The meeting on Sunday with DePaul will be the ninth all-time between the schools, with Georgetown leading the head-to-head series, 6-2-0. The Hoyas have won the last three meetings, including the 1-0 decision on Oct. 14.