WASHINGTON - The top-seeded Georgetown University women's soccer team (13-3-3) will host the second-seeded Butler University Bulldogs on Thursday in a 1:30 p.m. matchup at Shaw Field in the BIG EAST Championship game. The contest will be broadcast live on FS1 with Bernie Guenther and Monika Moore calling the action. The Hoyas are currently ranked No. 19 in the nation, and Butler sits at No. 20 by the United Soccer Coaches’ poll.
The Hoyas used a dominating 4-0 victory over the fourth-seeded Marquette University Golden Eagles on Thursday to advance to the BIG EAST Championship. Leading the way was senior midfielder Rachel Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Pingry) with two goals and an assist in the victory. Her five points gave her 109 for her career moving her into second place on Georgetown’s all-time scoring list now just sitting behind her sister Daphne (131).
Last weekend, three Hoyas were named BIG EAST Players of the Year on Saturday as seven Hoyas were named All-BIG EAST and two earned a spot on the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team. Corboz was named the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, senior Elizabeth Wenger (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and senior Arielle Schechtman (Del Mar, Calif./La Jolla Country Day/UCLA) was named the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year. All three were also First Team All-BIG EAST honorees.
Corboz is leading the team in scoring with eight goals and 11 assists on the season for 27 points. She has now moved into a group of just 10 active Division I players to boast 30 goals and 20 assists in their careers and is the only player on that list with more than 40 assists. Corboz, who is already the NCAA's active career leader in dishes with 43, is now sixth on the active career points list with 109. This season, she is second in the nation with her 11 assists.
Junior forward Amanda Carolan (Bayville, N.J./Central Regional) has 20 points on the season with a team-high nine goals and two assists. Junior forward Caitlin Farrell (Wallingford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) is third with seven goals and three assists for 17 points. Freshman forward Jenna Menta (Lincolndale, N.Y./Somers) rounds out the top four with three goals and five assists for 11 points.
In the net, Schechtman has played all 1,800 minutes and has 31 saves and a 0.35 goals against average. She currently leads the nation with 15 shutouts.
Butler (13-1-5) defeated Providence 3-0 on Thursday night to advance to the championship match of the 2017 BIG EAST Tournament. Caitlyn DiSarcina, Julia Leonard and Paige Monaghan all found the back of the net for the Bulldogs to lead the team to victory. Second-seeded Butler returns to the BIG EAST title game for the second time in three seasons.
The Hoyas are 7-12-4 all-time in the BIG EAST Championship, and 1-2-0 in championship games. The lone win came a season ago when the squad downed Marquette, 2-0. The team is 1-0 all-time against the Bulldogs in the tournament after defeating Butler, 4-0, a season ago in the first round. Earlier this season, the teams met in Indianapolis playing to a scoreless tie.
Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.