Sept. 17, 2014
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Head Women's Soccer Coach Dave Nolan welcomed back one of his former players recently, as former All-American Emily Menges (C'14) returned to the team as a volunteer assistant coach.
Menges recently completed her first season of play with the Portland Thorns of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). She started 22 of 23 games and helped lead the team to a 10-8-6 record and the semifinals of the NWSL playoffs.
"We're very excited to have Emily come back and be part of the program," Nolan said. "She was one of the best players we've ever had on the Hilltop and having her back to help our young team will be invaluable."
Menges will be in the District for a few months before the preseason starts back up for the Thorns. She is working for a company that does business intelligence work and that provided her the opportunity to work from wherever she wanted.
"It's really great to be back and I'm glad I can come in and work with the team," Menges said. "It will be a different experience for me being here as a coach, but I think I can relay some of my experiences and help out."
Menges, a defender who trained with the United States U-23 team last year, was selected as a First Team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and was one of 15 Division I players selected as a semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) Hermann Trophy, recognizing the top player in the country in 2013. In addition, she was a First Team All-BIG EAST selection and the league's Defensive Player of the Year.
She was the 25th overall selection and the seventh pick of the third round by the Thorns in the 2014 draft.
A semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy as a junior in 2012, she was also a First Team All-BIG EAST selection and the team set a school record with 13 shutouts. As a freshman in 2011, Menges started all 24 games and helped lead the team to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. She was an All-BIG EAST Rookie selection that season. In her four-year career, Menges started 83 of 84 games played, scored two goals and was part of defensive units that posted 40 shutouts.
Georgetown, ranked No. 20 in the country by TopDrawerSoccer.com, is 4-2-2 overall this season. The Hoyas are back in action next Sunday, Sept. 21, hosting Duquesne at Shaw Field. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m. Live video of the game, with play-by-play from Tom Kolker, and live stats will be available on the Georgetown Athletics website, www.guhoyas.com.