Aug. 19, 2012
Georgetown 2, Delaware 0
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown women's soccer team withstood some early pressure from Delaware and scored a goal early and added another midway through the second half en route to a 2-0 win over the Blue Hens on Sunday afternoon in Newark, Del.
It was the second-straight win for the Hoyas, who are now 2-0, while Delaware falls to 0-1.
"It was a good game and we responded well to some of their pressure," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "I thought we did a good job of defending them. They pressed us and made it difficult for us to play the way we want to play, but it was good to come back after a game on Friday and get a win."
Delaware attacked from the start and a shot from Melissa Pennington was saved in the opening minute by Georgetown sophomore goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run), who finished the game with three saves.
The Hoyas responded in the 13th minute when preseason All-BIG EAST sophomore midfielder Daphne Corboz (Greenbrook, N.J./Watchung Hills) scored her first goal of the season. She took a blast from 20 yards out that beat Delaware goalkeeper Jessica Levy at 12:04 to give GU the early lead.
In the second half, the Blue Hens again came out aggressively, but a shot in the 59th minute was cleared and two more shots in the next five minutes were saved by Newins.
Georgetown sealed the win in the 68th minute when junior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) took a feed from Corboz. Brenn centered the pass from 15 yards out and spun to beat Levy straight away, giving the Hoyas a 2-0 lead they would not relinquish.
Corboz finished the day with a goal and an assist. "Daphne was very effective," Nolan said. "She scored a great goal and she was the player for us who managed to play with the pressure they put us under."
The Georgetown defense, led by Newins, along with 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 Blue Hens to seven shots.
"It was their first game and we're a big game for them," Nolan said. "They had two very good chances in the opening minutes and Emma made some big saves. They had us on our back feet, but as the game went longer, we started to get things and once we scored, it deflated them a bit. They came back at us again, but that second goal took a little bit of the wind out of them."
Georgetown out-shot Delaware, 8-7, while each team had four corner kicks.
The Blue & Gray are back in action next weekend, competing at the James Madison Invitational. Play starts on Friday, Aug. 24, with Georgetown facing host James Madison at 7:30 p.m. The tournament concludes on Sunday, Aug. 26, with the Hoyas facing Hofstra.
"Each game, we're looking to get better," Nolan said. "This was a better performance today but we've got to keep working. I was happy to see Daphne and Kaitlin score and our defense played really well against a pretty good team."