Nov. 1, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's soccer team departed today for Connecticut, where the Hoyas will face South Florida in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament on Friday, Nov. 2 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m. and the game will be shown live on the CBS Sports Network, with Eric Frede and Shep Messing calling all of the action.
The game had originally been scheduled to be played on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. on the campus of the University of Connecticut, but was moved to East Hartford and Rentschler Field due to effects from Hurricane Sandy this past weekend.
The Hoyas, ranked No. 13 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and No. 18 in the Soccer America poll, enter the weekend with a 15-2-2 overall record. Georgetown advanced to the semifinals after beating DePaul, 1-0, in the BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinals last Sunday at home.
Georgetown finished the regular season with a 14-2-2 overall record and were co-champions of the BIG EAST National Division with an 8-1-1 record to earn the No. 1 seed in the division and a bye into the tournament quarterfinals.
This is the second-straight year the Hoyas have advanced to the tournament semifinals and the third time in program history. Georgetown has made 10 appearances in the BIG EAST Tournament and has an all-time record of 4-9 in tournament play.
The Hoyas have been led a balanced attack on both ends of the field. The Blue & Gray are second in the league in goals (45, 2.37 per game) and rank second in the league in points per game (127, 6.68 per game). GU is ranked tied for No. 16 nationally in scoring offense.
On the defensive side, Georgetown leads the BIG EAST in goals-against average (0.56) and has allowed (11) the fewest goals. The Hoyas, who are No. 9 nationally in goals-against average, have posted a school record 13 shutouts this season. 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 39 points, a school record. She has scored a BIG EAST-best 16 goals and added seven assists, including the helper on the game-winning goal in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals last weekend. Corboz is 10th in the country in points per game (1.95), ninth in goals per game and is eighth 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. Fellow classmate Colleen Dinn (Kensington, Md./Holy Cross), who scored the game-winning goal last weekend against DePaul, is third on the team in scoring with seven goals and two assists for 16 points.
The meeting with South Florida will be the fourth all-time between the programs, with GU leading the series, 2-1. It will be the first meeting since USF posted a 1-0 double overtime win at Georgetown during the 2010 BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinals. That year, Georgetown was an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Elite Eight. The Hoyas posted a 3-1 win over USF during the 2010 regular season and the only other meeting between the programs was a 2-0 decision on the road in 2007.