Oct. 19, 2014
Georgetown 1, Creighton 0WASHINGTON -
Playing the back-end of a weekend road trip to New York City and Nebraska, the No. 25-ranked Georgetown University women's soccer team withstood tough conditions in the first half and scored early in the second half en route to a 1-0 win over Creighton on Sunday afternoon in Omaha.
Senior forward Audra Ayotte (Marlborough, Conn./RHAM) scored the lone goal of the game - her second of the season and her second game-winner - in the 54th minute to lift the Blue & Gray.
The win was the fifth in the last six games for the Hoyas, who are ranked No. 25 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. GU improved to 10-3-3 overall and 5-1-1 in the BIG EAST. The Hoyas are 7-1-2 in the last 10 games.
"This was a hard-fought victory on the road against a tough team," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "On their Senior Day, and playing for their BIG EAST (Tournament) lives, they really brought a great energy that was difficult to match. Throw in a strong wind and we were happy to get to the half so we could regroup."
The Bluejays (9-6-1, 1-5-1 BIG EAST) had controlled the pace of play during the first 45 minutes, with eight shots, including two that were saved by senior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run).
Georgetown had a pair of shots in the first half, the best chance coming in the 27th minute when one from senior midfielder Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills) was saved by Creighton goalkeeper Danielle Rice.
The Hoyas changed course in the second half and had several chances, the first coming in the 48th minute when a header from freshman Taylor Pak (Wellington, Fla./American Heritage) went high.
Five minutes later, however, Georgetown struck. Senior Jessie Clinton (Avon, Mass./Thayer Academy) found Ayotte on a cross from 20 yards out along the right side of the left portion of the box. Ayotte slammed home the goal with her left foot at 53:34.
"Our second half was better and we imposed ourselves on them better in this period," Nolan said. "It was a great play by Jessie (Clinton) that led to a quality cross and a great finish by Audra (Ayotte) to give us the lead.
"I was very impressed with our back four today and in particular, the center back pairing of Marina Paul and Liz Wenger. As the season has progressed, we have gotten better at the back, which helps us in games like this."
The Hoyas limited the Bluejays to one shot in the second half - which was saved by Newins in the opening minute of play.
Creighton out-shot Georgetown overall, 9-7, while the Hoyas had a 2-1 edge in corner kicks.
The win clinches a spot in the BIG EAST Tournament for the Hoyas.
"With a home game against Villanova next weekend and one on the road to Seton Hall," Nolan said, "we know we have it in our own hands to finish in the top two of the conference and possibly win the conference now."
Georgetown plays its final regular season home game next Sunday, Oct. 26, hosting Villanova. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. Live video and stats of the game will be available on the Georgetown Athletics website, www.guhoyas.com, with Tom Kolker