Oct. 18, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's soccer team closes out the 2012 regular season on Friday, Oct. 19, visiting Villanova. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m.
The Hoyas improved to 14-1-2 and to 8-0-1 in the BIG EAST Conference last weekend with wins over Notre Dame (2-0) and DePaul (1-0 in overtime), the latter of which clinch at least a tie for the National Division title.
Georgetown has clinched the No. 1 seed in the National Division for the BIG EAST Tournament and earned a bye into the quarterfinals. The Hoyas will host a BIG EAST Quarterfinal match on Sunday, Oct. 28 at North Kehoe Field against a to-be-determined opponent.
Before looking ahead to the BIG EAST Tournament, however, the Hoyas will face a tough Villanova squad that carries a 6-8-3 overall record, a 4-4-1 mark in league play and is in contention for a bye in the league tournament.
The Hoyas have been led a balanced attack on both ends of the field. The Blue & Gray lead the league in goals (44, 2.59 per game) and rank second in the league in points per game (123, 7.24 per game). On the defensive side, Georgetown tops the league in goals allowed (10, 0.59 per game) and goals-against average (0.57).
In BIG EAST games, the Georgetown defense has allowed only one game in nine games, carrying a 0.11 goals-against average. The Hoyas are second in league play in goals scored (27, 3.00 per game) and points (76, 8.44 per game).
The team's solid defense has been helped by junior defender Alexa St. Martin (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy), who was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week. It is the second time in four weeks that St. Martin has earned the honor. In addition, redshirt freshman goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll.
In addition to St. Martin's honor from the BIG EAST, she and the entire Georgetown back line were named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week. St. Martin was named to the team along with senior Claire Magliola (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah), junior Mary Kroening (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) and freshman Neela Mohan (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon). . Georgetown has earned Defensive Player of the Week honors three times this season, as junior defender Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) was named on Sept. 24 after helping lead the team to wins over UConn (4-0 and Providence (1-0).
The Georgetown defense, with the shutout wins last weekend, broke the school record for shutouts in a season with 12. The previous record of 11 was set in 2008. Newins also broke the individual season record for shutouts by a goalkeeper with 10, moving past Jackie DesJardin (C'11), who had nine in 2008.
Sophomore midfielder Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills) leads the team in scoring with 38 points, a school record. She has scored a BIG EAST-best 16 goals and added six assists. Corboz is seventh in the country in points per game, fifth in goals per game and is tied for the national lead (with two other players) 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.
Georgetown has an all-time record of 5-11-2 against Villanova, winning the last four meetings. On the road, GU is 2-6-1 in games played away from home, but has won the last two games.