Aug 23, 2013
Box Score Head Coach Dave Nolan | Senior Kaitlin
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Head Women's Soccer Coach Dave Nolan said that he told his team before overtime that the team needed players to be courageous enough to make plays. It was no surprise, then, that one of his senior leaders did just that.
Senior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) scored on a blast from about 15 yards with 4:35 left in the first overtime period as No. 18 Georgetown opened the 2013 regular season with a thrilling, come-from-behind 2-1 win over the College of William & Mary at Shaw Field on a damp Friday afternoon. It was the 12th-straight win at home for the Hoyas dating back to the 2011 season.
"It's always important to get the season off to a good start," Nolan said afterward. "Momentum and confidence builds and the only way you can get it is by getting results. It was important to get a win to start the season."
The game-winning goal arrived after a turnover just inside midfield and junior Audra Ayotte (Marlborough, Conn./RHAM) slotted a feed to her left to Brenn, who was coming in from the far side. Brenn's blast from just inside the box went over the outstretched arms of Tribe goalkeeper Caroline Casey, giving the Hoyas the thrilling win at 95:25.
"We talked about having players who are brave enough and courageous enough to make plays instead of hoping for it," Nolan said. "KK (Kaitlin) is a great player and she's very confident. She never lacks confidence in her own ability and she came up big for us twice today."
The win did not come easy as William & Mary did something two teams did during all of last season against the Hoyas at home - score.
After controlling play for most of the first half, William & Mary took a 1-0 lead at the 40:40 mark when a corner kick from Ali Heck bounced in front of the goal and to the feet of Emory Camper, who hit it off her back heel and past Georgetown junior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) for the early lead.
"We were disappointed with the goal and we fell asleep for a bit there," Nolan said. "I know they'll be upset when they watch it. Without us looking like we were going to score too many goals, we had the better of the play (in the half). The kids came out really strong in the second half and started to do what we wanted them do."
The Hoyas appeared ready to tie the game early in the second half when a shot from sophomore Sarah Adams () went just wide. Another shot, this one was junior Jessica Clinton (Avon, Mass./Thayer Academy) was saved by Casey midway through the period.
Brenn, however, knotted the game up at 1-all with just over 18 minutes left in regulation. She picked up a loose ball in the box and dribbled around two defenders before taking a shot that beat Casey at 72:16 to the upper left corner.
Georgetown out-shot William & Mary, 11-2.
It was the first win for Georgetown in eight all-time meetings with William & Mary and the win improved Nolan's record in season openers to 9-0-1 on the Hilltop.
The season-opening weekend continues on Sunday, Aug. 25, with the team hosting Quinnipiac at Shaw Field for a noon kickoff. Live video coverage of the game, with Tom Kolker calling all of the play-by-play, will be available on the Georgetown Athletics website, www.guhoyas.com.