Dec. 5, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University sophomore women's soccer team finished the 2012 season ranked No. 17 in the country in the final poll from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). It is the highest final season ranking for the Hoyas in program history.
Under the direction of ninth year Head Coach Dave Nolan, Georgetown had one of the most successful seasons in program history, setting a school record with 16 wins. The Blue & Gray finished the 2012 season with a 16-4-3 overall record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Along the way, the Hoyas posted an 8-1-1 record in the BIG EAST Conference and won the BIG EAST National Division title.
The Hoyas were led by a balanced effort on offense and defense. The offense, led by sophomore midfielder Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills), set a school record with 50 goals scored, fell two points shy of the school record for points in a season (144) and ranked No. 23 nationally in scoring offense with 2.17 goals per game. The defensive unit, led by Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), set a school record with 13 shutouts.
Corboz, who was named a First Team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) last week, was also named one of 15 semifinalists for the Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) Hermann Trophy, the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer. Voting for the MAC Hermann Trophy will take place through LockerDome at the following link: http://machermanntrophy.lockerdome.com/articles/102816194
A 5-2 sophomore, Corboz was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year after a record-setting season for the Hoyas. Overall, Corboz set a Georgetown single-season record with 44 points scored. She scored a school single-season record 18 goals while adding eight assists. Corboz ranked tied for 11th in the country in points per game (1.91), 10th in goals per game and seventh in goals scored overall (18). In 10 BIG EAST Conference games this season, she tallied a league-high 27 points and 12 goals. Corboz, who scored at least one point in six league games, set a BIG EAST record with 11 points in an 8-0 win at Pittsburgh on Sept. 30, scoring five goals.
Corboz is the second player in Georgetown women's soccer history to earn All-American honors, joining Ingrid Wells (C'11), a three-time selection. This is the third-straight year a Hoya has earned NSCAA All-American honors, as Wells was a first team selection in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
Menges joined Corboz on the All-BIG EAST First Team. A starter on defense, Menges helped spearhead a back-line that ranked among the stingiest in the BIG EAST and in the country. The Hoyas allowed only two goals in 10 conference games this season and finished the season ranked No. 23 in the country in goals-against average (0.71).
Brenn was part of a potent one-two punch for the Georgetown offense, ranking second on the team in scoring and third in the BIG EAST. She scored 30 points this season and was second on the team with 10 goals and led the team with 10 assists. Brenn's 30 points tied the previous record for points in a season, set in 2011 by Wells.
The honor for Newins was one of two for her, as she was one of two Hoyas named to the All-BIG EAST Rookie team, joined by freshman midfielder Marina Paul (Alisa Viejo, Calif./Laguna Beach). Newins finished the year with a 0.70 goals-against average this season and set a school record with 13 shutouts. Paul, a starter in the midfield in all 23 games, scored one goal and has four assists for six points.
Nolan was named BIG EAST Coach of the Year after leading Georgetown to its first regular season championship, as they were crowned National Division champs. The Hoyas, who were picked to finish in third place in the division in the preseason, spent the majority of the season ranked among the top-25 teams in the country, moving as high as No. 11 on Oct. 2, the highest mark in program history. Nolan led Georgetown to its first perfect home record, as the team went 9-0-0 at North Kehoe Field.