Oct. 25, 2014
MCM Road Closures
The Georgetown University women's soccer team will play its final regular season home game of the season on Sunday, Oct. 26, hosting BIG EAST rival Villanova. Kickoff at Shaw Field is slated for 1 p.m.
The game will be shown live on the BIG EAST Digital Network, with Tom Kolker handling the play-by-play and Tom Greaser serving as the color analyst.
Fans attending Sunday's game should be aware of road closures in the Washington area due to the running of the Marine Corps Marathon.
The Hoyas enter the game with a 10-3-3 overall record and a 5-1-1 mark in the BIG EAST. GU lost at St. John's, 1-0, last Thursday before bouncing back to beat Creighton in Nebraska, 1-0, last Sunday. The win over the Bluejays clinched a spot in the BIG EAST Tournament for Georgetown. Georgetown, ranked No. 18 in the country by Soccer America and No. 23 by TopDrawerSoccer.com, has won five of its last six games and has a 7-1-2 record in the team's last 10 games.
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).
Corboz leads the team, and the BIG EAST, in scoring with 30 points. She is averaging 1.88 points per, which leads the league and is tied No. 16 in the country. Corboz's 16 assists lead the BIG EAST and are the top mark in the country.
Senior forward Vanessa Skrumbis (Encino, Calif./Sierra Canyon) is second on the team in scoring with eight goals and one assist for 17 points. Sophomore forward Grace Damaska (Milton, Ga./Blessed Trinity), who was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 6 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.
Freshman midfielder Rachel Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Pingry), who has twice been named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week, is third on the team in scoring with four goals and four assists for 12 points. She scored a pair of goals in the second half of a 4-0 win over Marquette on Oct. 12.
Senior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) has started 14 games this season, made 53 saves and carries a 1.15 goals-against average. Newins, who has been named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week three times, ranks fifth in the league in goals-against average and seventh in saves.
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.
Following the game on Sunday, Head Coach Dave Nolan will recognize the team's seniors - Audra Ayotte (Marlborough, Conn./RHAM), Jessica Clinton (Avon, Mass./Thayer Academy), Daphne Corboz, Jillian DeGennaro (Westlake Village, Calif./La Reina), Newins, Attie Schubauer (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor), Ashley Shaffer (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) and Skrumbis.
Villanova enters the game with a 5-8-3 overall record and a 3-3-1 mark in the BIG EAST. The Wildcats posted a 2-0 win at Creighton and then played to a scoreless tie against Seton Hall at home. Opponents have out-scored VU 20-13 this season and the Wildcats have scored four goals in seven league games. Victoria Gersh leads the team in scoring with eight points off three goals and two assists, while Caitlin Forte has scored seven points (2 goals, 3 assists) and Amanda Vocelka leads the team with five assists. Emma Meyer has started 16 games, made 77 saves and posts a 1.20 goals-against average.
This will be the 21st meeting all-time between Georgetown and Villanova, with the Wildcats holding a 12-6-2 lead in the series. The Hoyas have had the better of the matchups in recent years, with five wins in the last six meetings, including a 3-1 victory at Villanova last year. GU has a 5-3-2 record against Villanova under Nolan.