Aug. 17, 2012
Georgetown 2, George Washingto
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Head Women's Soccer Coach Dave Nolan said he knew it was a matter of time for his team in Friday's season opener against George Washington. Nolan knew once the Hoyas scored, there was a good chance they would score more. Georgetown did just that, scoring a pair of goals early in the second half en route to a 2-0 win over the Colonials in front of more than 400 fans at North Kehoe Field. Georgetown improves to 1-0 this season, while George Washington falls to 0-1.
"It's always important to win your first game of the season," Nolan said afterward. "It's a game against your cross-town local rivals and we're always a big game on their schedule. The result was the most important thing. The performance was okay. I thought we could have played a bit better, but it's hot and competitive games have more edge than exhibition games. I really can't complain because we weren't really in trouble. I think it was just a matter of once we got one, we'd probably get one or two more."
After a scoreless first half in which the Hoyas peppered the Colonials with 11 shots, it was just a matter of time for the Blue & Gray as they scored in the 56th minute and added the clincher nine minutes later.
Junior forward Collen Dinn (Kensington, Md./Holy Cross) put Georgetown on the board first, beating GW goalkeeper Nicole Fasano to the lower far post at 55:17. The play started from the near side of the end line when sophomore midfielder Daphne Corboz (Greenbrook, N.J./Watchung Hills) sent a cross to the box to sophomore forward Jessica Clinton (Avon, Mass./Thayer Academy). Clinton settled the ball and slotted the ball to Dinn who put it away for the go-ahead goal.
Dinn was involved in the second goal as well. She took control of a loose ball on the far side of the box and sent a cross to freshman midfielder Marina Paul (Aliso Vieja, Calif./Laguna Beach), who took a left-footed one-timer and beat Fasano to the lower far post at 64;25.
The Hoyas out-shot George Washington, 18-5, and held a 14-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Sophomore goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) made three saves as the Georgetown back line - led by senior Claire Magliola (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah) and juniors Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), Mary Kroening (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) and Alexa St. Martin (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) - limited the Colonials to just a handful of scoring chances.
Georgetown controlled the pace of play through most of the game, dominating possession in the opening 45 minutes, but could not get on the board. Dinn had three shots saved by GW starter Nicole Ulrick in the opening 15 minutes and Corboz had a pair of shots, one that was saved and another that hit the crossbar. After a corner kick in the 27th minute, a shot from senior midfielder Christina O'Tousa (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) was blocked and a rebound from junior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) was saved.
The Hoyas hit the road this weekend, playing at Delaware on Sunday, Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. It will be just the third meeting between Georgetown and the Blue Hens, with the Hoyas holding a 2-0 advantage. The last time the teams met, GU posted a 3-1 win during the 2007 season.