Nov. 5, 2012
WASHINGTON - When the selection show for the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament started on Monday afternoon, there was a bit of a sense of apprehension among the players in the office of Georgetown Head Coach Dave Nolan. That tense feeling went away quickly, however, as the Hoyas found out they had been selected to the field of 32 teams and will play at Virginia Tech on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. in Blacksburg, Va.
Last year, Georgetown had gone into the selection show feeling pretty good about the chance to be invited, but were left out of the field. This year, the Hoyas left little doubt about whether they should be in the NCAA Tournament, posting a 14-2-2 record in the regular season and winning the BIG EAST National Division en route to an appearance in the BIG EAST Tournament Championship game.
"We're very excited to be in the tournament," Nolan said. "There was obviously a sense of deflation in this room last year on this day when we didn't get a bid. So first and foremost, we're happy to be in. They're a very good team.. It's going to be a difficult game. They're an unknown to us and we're an unknown to them."
The Hoyas enter the NCAA Tournament with a 15-3-3 overall record after advancing to the championship game of the BIG EAST Tournament, where they lost to Marquette, 1-0, on Sunday. GU won the BIG EAST National Division title, posting an 8-1-1 record in league play.
This is Georgetown's third appearance in the NCAA Tournament, where they have a 2-2-1 record. The team made its first appearance in 2007, falling to William & Mary, 2-1, in the first round. In 2010, the Blue & Gray advanced to the Elite Eight after wins over Siena (5-1), Maryland (1-1 tie, a win in penalty kicks) and Minnesota (1-0). The run ended with a 2-0 loss to Ohio State.
Georgetown is led by a balanced attack on offense and defense, with the Hoyas ranked No. 23 in the country in scoring offense (2.19 goals per game) and No 15 in the country in goals-against average (0.59).
The Hoyas are led by BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills), who has a team-best and school record 41 points. Corboz, who was also an All-BIG EAST First Team selection, has scored a school record 17 goals and has seven assists.
She is joined by All-BIG EAST Second Team selection junior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville), who is second on the team in scoring with 27 points (nine goals, nine assists).
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run), an All-BIG EAST Rookie and All-BIG EAST Second Team selection, has recorded a school-best 12 shutouts this season and has a 0.58 goals-against average.
The Hoya backline, which limited BIG EAST opponents to only two goals in 10 league games, has been led by junior Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), an All-BIG EAST First Team selection.