Nov. 2, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown field hockey team concluded regular season play on Sunday afternoon at Multi-Sport Field with a 3-0 victory over Towson (2-15, 0-6 CAA). The win snapped a three-game losing streak and moved the Hoyas' record to 6-12 overall.
Sophomore Aliyah Graves-Brown was the first Hoya to strike, weaving her way through the Towson defense and shooting the ball past Emilee Woodall at the 1:17 mark in the first half from the middle of the circle. It was the sixth goal of the season for the forward.
Towson drove down the field following the Graves-Brown goal, but its shot attempt went wide. It was the only look at the goal they would have in the first half of the game as Georgetown played stingy defense.
Both teams traded possessions, with the Blue & Gray recording four shots - three of them on goal - until a foul in the circle led to a GU penalty corner at 26:17. Louise Chakejian (Chester Springs, Pa./The Episcopal Academy) inserted the shot that found the stick of Devin Holmes (Fleetville, Pa./Wyoming Seminary). A pass from Holmes to Sarah Butterfield (Bridgewater, N.J./Oak Knoll) provided the second goal of the game as the forward sent a rocket past Woodall at 26:23. It was the fifth goal of the season for the junior.
The clock would wind down and send the teams into the break with the Hoyas up 2-0.
Coming back from halftime, Towson was able to take the ball down the field and present its first real scoring opportunity. Jenney Heather took a shot, but Rachel Skonecki (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Red Land) came up with the save to prevent the Tigers from getting on the board.
The Hoyas responded to the Towson threat by intensifying their offensive attack which led to multiple looks at the goal that came up short. The offense finally broke through when senior forward Tori Hideshima (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) sent the ball past the Tigers' keeper at 58:35. Following an initial deflection, Holmes set the shot up for Hideshima who capitalized on the opportunity for her first career goal on senior day.
"This was my first year playing at forward so it was really special for me to go out like this on my final game," Hideshima said. "I couldn't be more thankful for my teammates." Graves-Brown echoed the statement saying, "We are really proud of her and all of our seniors. We can never thank them enough for all they've done for us."
Butterfield sent a powerful ball toward Woodall at 65:55 that would have increased the GU lead, but the keeper prevented the forward from scoring her second goal of the game. Georgetown maintained possession for the remainder of the game to run out the clock and seal the 3-0 victory.
"I think that after today's result it's a great jumping off point for next season and what we want to do as a program," first year Head Coach Shannon Soares said. "We can only build on that and work to improve upon it."
The Hoyas outshot the Tigers 15-4 and had a 12-3 advantage in penalty corners. The shutout was also the fourth of Skonecki's career, which is tied for fourth all-time in Georgetown history.