Nov. 9, 2014
DePaul 2, Georgetown 0 QUEENS, N.Y. -
Georgetown had chances and attacked aggressively during the final 25 minutes of the game, but top-seeded DePaul scored one goal in each half en route to a 2-0 win over the Hoyas in the BIG EAST Championship game at Belson Stadium on the campus of St. John's University Sunday afternoon.
The Hoyas fall to 11-4-5 overall while DePaul wins its first league title and improves to 16-0-4 overall.
"It's never easy to lose in a championship game, but credit to DePaul, they were the better side today," Georgetown Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "It hurt losing Marina (Paul) in the first half, but I'm proud of my team and the way they did not quit. Our freshmen in the back (Elizabeth Wenger and Drew Topor) did a good job and we created some chances, in particular from Sarah Adams and Jessie Clinton, but it wasn't our day and hopefully we have more soccer ahead of us."
Down 2-0, the Hoyas pressed the DePaul defense and took 13 shots in the second half, many of those coming in the latter stages of the contest. After a deep throw-in, junior Sarah Adams (San Diego, Calif./Westview) played the ball into the box, where a shot from sophomore Emily Morgan (Chester Springs, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) was saved by DePaul goalkeeper Alex Godinez in the 65th minute.
Minutes later following a re-start, Adams took a shot from just outside the 18-yard line that went wide. In the 69th minute, senior Jessica Clinton (Avon, Mass./Thayer Academy) controlled the ball and moved up-field through the DePaul back-line and got a shot off that was deflected and resulted in a corner kick.
With just over 11 minutes left, freshman midfielder Rachel Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Pingry) blasted a shot from about 20 yards out that went high. In the 80th minute, BIG EAST Offensive and Midfielder of the Year Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills) broke free from a defender and a shot from 15 yards out was saved. In the 83rd minute, a free kick from Daphne Corboz went to the box, where the ball deflected off senior Audra Ayotte (Marlborough, Conn./RHAM) and to the feet of Rachel Corboz, whose shot from 12 yards out went high.
The Blue Demons pushed the lead to two goals midway through the second half. DePaul took possession on the near side after a Hoya turnover and Alexa Ben played the ball from the top of the box to the far side. Amber Paul played the ball off her chest and took a low shot to the far post that beat Georgetown senior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) at 59:44.
DePaul had controlled the pace of play through most of the first half and got on the board in the 26th minute. On a counter-attack, Elise Wyatt worked her way into the box and got off a shot that was saved by senior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run). The deflected ball bounced back to Wyatt, who buried it from six yards out to give the Blue Demons the 1-0 lead at 25:59.
Georgetown's best chance of the first half came off a re-start in the 34th minute when Ayotte played a ball from the far side toward the box, where senior Vanessa Skrumbis (Encino, Calif./Sierra Canyon) had a shot saved by Godinez. On the ensuing corner kick from Daphne Corboz, freshman Taylor Pak (Wellington, Fla./American Heritage) had a header blocked in the box and cleared.
Daphne Corboz, Newins and sophomore Grace Damaska (Milton, Ga./Blessed Trinity) were selected to the all-tournament team.
This was Georgetown's second appearance in the BIG EAST Tournament Championship game.