Nov. 6, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's soccer departed on Thursday morning for New York City, where the Hoyas are set to face St. John's in a BIG EAST Conference Tournament Semifinal on Friday, Nov. 7 at Belson Stadium in Queens. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. The game will be shown live on the BIG EAST Digital Network.
Georgetown, the No. 2 seed, earned an automatic bye to the semifinals after finishing the regular season with an 11-3-4 overall record and posting a 6-1-2 record in league play. SJU, the No. 3 seed, finished the regular season with a 10-8-1 overall record and a 6-2-1 mark in league play. The Red Storm advanced to the semifinals after beating No. 6 seed Villanova, 2-0, on Tuesday night.
The winner of Friday's St. John's-Georgetown match will face the winner of a match between No. 1 DePaul and No. 4 Marquette on Sunday, Nov. 9 for the BIG EAST Championship. That game will be shown live on Fox Sports 1 at 1 p.m.
The Hoyas, ranked No. 20 in the country by Soccer America, closed out the regular season with an impressive 8-0 win over Seton Hall last Friday, clinching the No. 2 seed in the tournament.
Georgetown is led by senior Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills), who was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and the league's Midfielder of the Year on Tuesday. Corboz is the first player in conference history to win both awards in the same season. Daphne Corboz was one of six Hoyas recognized on All-BIG EAST teams.
In addition to being named the Offensive Player and Midfielder of the Year, she was one of only three unanimous selections to the All-BIG EAST First Team. Corboz was joined on the first team by junior defender Marina Paul (Laguna Beach, Calif./Aliso Viejo). GU also three players selected to the All-BIG EAST Second Team, senior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run), junior midfielder Sarah Adams (San Diego, Calif./Westview) and freshman midfielder Rachel Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Pingry). Rachel Corboz, meanwhile, was one of two players selected to the All-Rookie team, joined on the squad by freshman defender Elizabeth Wenger (Lititz, Pa./Warwick).
Daphne Corboz, a preseason All-American and a Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy candidate recognizing the top player in the country, leads Georgetown in scoring with 10 goals and 17 assists for 37 points. The all-time leading scorer at Georgetown, Daphne Corboz has 129 points, coming off 45 goals and 39 assists. She is the all-time leader in goals scored and ranks second all-time in assists.
Senior forward Vanessa Skrumbis (Encino, Calif./Sierra Canyon) is second on the team in scoring with 10 goals and one assist for 21 points. Rachel Corboz, who was twice named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week this season, is third on the team in scoring with four goals and eight assists for 16 points. Sophomore forward Grace Damaska (Milton, Ga./Blessed Trinity) is fourth on the team in scoring with five goals and four assists for 14 points.
Newins earned the fourth All-BIG EAST selection of her career, as she was an all-rookie and second team selection in 2012 and tabbed to the league's third team in 2013. A starter in 16 games this year, Newins has a 9-3-4 overall record and a 1.08 goals-against average, 54 saves and five shutouts. She ranks third in the BIG EAST in goals-against average and is tied for fourth in shutouts.
This will be the 15th game between the Hoyas and the Red Storm. Georgetown leads the head-to-head series, 7-6-1, and has won six of the last eight games. Georgetown has a 3-3-1 record all-time on the road against the Red Storm. St. John's won a meeting earlier this season, 1-0, ending a two-game win streak for the Hoyas, who won 2-1 in Queens in 2011 and posted a 4-0 win last season.
The meeting on Friday will be the first between the teams in BIG EAST Tournament play. Georgetown is 4-9-1 all-time in the BIG EAST Tournament.