Nov. 15, 2013
The Georgetown University women's soccer team will host LaSalle University on Saturday, Nov. 16 in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament. Kickoff at Shaw Field is slated for 1 p.m. The game will be streamed live on the Georgetown Athletics website, with Tom Kolker calling all of the action.
Georgetown will host the Explorers in the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament game at home. The Hoyas were tabbed as an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament on Monday, while LaSalle (15-4-3) enters for the second-straight season after winning the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament title.
Georgetown, ranked among the top-15 teams in the country all season, is coming off a 1-0 loss to DePaul in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament. The Hoyas are ranked No. 20 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and No. 12 by Soccer America.
The Blue & Gray set a school record with 15 wins in the regular season, posted nine shutouts and had a 7-1-1 record in the BIG EAST. Georgetown is led by a balanced attack on offense and defense, with the Hoyas ranked No. 3 in the country in scoring offense (2.95 goals per game) and No. 32 in the country in goals-against average (0.73). The Hoya offense has been spread out, with 14 players scoring at least one goal and 15 players with at least one point.
GU is led by BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills), who has a team-best 27 points. Corboz, who was also an All-BIG EAST First Team selection and a candidate for the Hermann Trophy, has scored seven goals and has 13 assists. She missed the first five games of the season with an injury, but has been among the most dominating players in the BIG EAST since her return.
Senior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville), a Second Team All-BIG EAST selection, is second on the team in scoring with eight goals and six assists for 22 points. Junior forward Audra Ayotte (Marlborough, N.J./RHAM) is tied for second on the team in scoring with 22 points, tallying six goals and 10 assists, second on the team.
Senior midfielder Kailey Blain (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack), a First Team All-BIG EAST selection, has scored 14 points (6 goals, 2 assists) in the best season of her career after battling injuries as a sophomore and a junior. Junior forward Vanessa Skrumbis (Encino, Calif./Sierra Canyon) is fourth on the team with seven goals and one assist for 15 points.
The Georgetown back line has been led by senior Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and an All-BIG EAST First Team selection.
Menges and junior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run), a Third Team All-BIG EAST selection, have led a unit that has posted nine shutouts and posted a 0.73 goals-against average overall.
Menes is among a veteran group in the back, along with classmates Colleen Dinn (Kensington, Md./Holy Cross), Mary Kroening (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) and Alexa St. Martin (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy), the latter a Second Team All-BIG EAST selection. They have combined for 332 games played and 242 starts entering this weekend.
This is Georgetown's fourth appearance in the NCAA Tournament, where they have a 3-3-1 record. The game against LaSalle, however, will mark the first home NCAA Tournament game in program history.
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. Last year, GU beat Virginia Tech, 3-2 in overtime in the first round, before losing to Baylor in the second round, a 2-1 overtime loss.
Should Georgetown win, the Hoyas would advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and play the winner of a match between St. Francis (Pa.) and No. 1 Virginia (20-1-0) on Friday, Nov. 22.