Oct. 15, 2014 WASHINGTON -
The No. 25-ranked Georgetown University women's soccer team will play a crucial BIG EAST Conference road game on Thursday, Oct. 16, visiting St. John's. Kickoff at Belson Stadium in Queens, N.Y. is slated for 7 p.m.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and can be viewed by clicking http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/2005686/NCAA-Womens-Soccer-Georgetown-vs-St.-Johns. Live stats will also be available on the St. John's Athletics website.
Georgetown, unbeaten in its last eight games, improved to 9-2-3 overall and 4-0-1 in the BIG EAST with a 4-0 win over Marquette last Sunday. The Hoyas, who have won four-straight games, are ranked No. 25 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and No. 18 by Soccer America.
Georgetown has been led on offense by senior midfielder Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills), a two-time All-American and a preseason candidate for the Hermann Trophy. Corboz is the all-time leading scorer in program history with 119 points. She holds the all-time lead for goals scored (42) and is second all-time in assists (35). She had four assists in the win over Marquette on Sunday.
Corboz leads the team, and the BIG EAST, in scoring with 30 points. She is averaging 2.14 points per, which leads the league, and ranks tied for sixth in goals scored (7) and leads the league in assists (16).
Senior forward Vanessa Skrumbis (Encino, Calif./Sierra Canyon) is second on the team in scoring with eight goals and one assist for 17 points. She ranks tied for the league lead in goals scored. Sophomore forward Grace Damaska (Milton, Ga./Blessed Trinity), who was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week last week after scoring three goals in a 4-2 win over Butler, is fourth on the team in scoring with four goals and one assist for nine points.
Two Hoyas were honored by the BIG EAST Conference on Monday, with senior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) named the league's Defensive Player of the Week and freshman midfielder Rachel Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Pingry) tabbed the league's Rookie of the Week.
Newins came up big for the Hoyas in the 4-0 win over Marquette, finishing the game with seven saves, none more important than three she made during the first half as Marquette attacked Georgetown early and had dangerous chances which were saved. Newins, an All-BIG EAST Third Team selection last year, has four shutouts this season with a 1.26 goals-against average.
Corboz earns BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors for the second time this season, as she was named previously on Sept. 29. On Sunday, after a scoreless first half, Corboz scored two of the team's four second half goals en route to the 4-0 win. She took assists from her older sister, Daphne, on both goals, including what proved to be the game winner on a header in the 48th minute. The younger Corboz is third on the team in scoring with four goals and four assists for 12 points.
St. John's enters the game with an 8-5-1 overall record and an identical 4-0-1 mark in BIG EAST play. SJU has a 5-0-1 record and is unbeaten in its last six games, including win over Butler (2-1 in overtime) and at Villanova (1-0) on Sunday. Junior forward Rachel Daly leads the team in scoring with seven goals and one assist for 15 points, while freshman forward Shea Connors is second on the team with three goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Diana Poulin has a 1.19 goals-against average and 44 saves in 14 starts this season.
This will be the 14th game between the Hoyas and the Red Storm. Georgetown leads the head-to-head series, 7-5-1, and has won six of the last seven games. Georgetown has a 3-2-1 record all-time on the road against the Red Storm. The Hoyas have won the last two games in the series, the last win in Queens in 2011 (2-1, overtime). SJU's last win the series was a 1-0 overtime decision at home in 2009.