Sept. 20, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's soccer team is back in action after a week off on Sunday, Sept. 21, hosting Duquesne. Kickoff at Shaw Field is slated for 1 p.m.
Live stats and a live video stream, with Tom Kolker calling the play-by-play, will be available on the Georgetown Athletics website, www.guhoyas.com.
The Hoyas, who went 1-0-1 in games last week at then-No. 22 West Virginia and at home against George Washington, enter the match with a 4-2-2 overall record. This is the team's last non-league game before BIG EAST Conference action starts. Georgetown tied West Virginia, 1-1, on the road on Friday night and beat local rival George Washington, 1-0 in overtime on Sunday.
Senior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season after her performance last week. She was one of two players honored by the BIG EAST as junior Crystal Thomas (Elgin, Ill./Wheaton Academy) was selected to the Weekly Honor Roll.
Newins earned her second defensive player of the week nod after posting a 1-0-1 record in goal with a 0.44 goals-against average and 16 saves in two games. On the road against West Virginia, she posted a career-high 12 saves in 110 minutes. On Sunday, she made four saves in 95 minutes of action against the Colonials.
An All-BIG EAST Third Team selection last year, Newins has a 4-2-2 record this season with a 1.30 goals-against average. She ranks second all-time with 27 career shutouts.
Thomas, a transfer from Notre Dame, made her first appearance of the season a memorable one as she played just over 20 minutes in the Sunday matchup against Notre Dame and scored the game-winning goal in overtime. Thomas netted the goal in the 96th minute to help the Hoyas win 1-0. Thomas was an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection and an All-Rookie selection in 2012 after she scored 10 goals as a freshman at Notre Dame.
Senior forward Vanessa Skrumbis (Encino, Calif./Sierra Canyon) and midfielder Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills) have led the way on the offensive side. Skrumbis leads the team with 15 points, coming off seven goals and one assist, while Corboz is second on the team with 13 points (four goals, five assists).
Skrumbis ranks tied for the second in the BIG EAST in points per game (1.88) and in goals scored, while Corboz is tied for fourth (1.62) in points per game and second in assists.
Skrumbis scored four goals and added an assist in wins over North Carolina State and Towson late last month. In the home opener against NC State on Aug. 29, she scored two goals and had an assist in the 6-0 win. On Aug. 31, GU jumped out to a 4-0 halftime lead at Towson, with Skrumbis scoring two goals in a span of 36 seconds. It was the third time this season Skrumbis has scored two goals in a game.
Corboz, a preseason All-American candidate and a nominee for the MAC Hermann Trophy Award, had three goals and three assists in those games. Corboz is Georgetown's all-time leader in goals scored with 40 and ranks second in total points with 105, trailing only Ingrid Wells (C'11) by three points.
Duquesne enters the match on Sunday with a 3-2-2 record following a 2-0 win over St. Francis (Pa.) on Friday. In addition to that win, the Dukes also have wins over Pittsburgh (1-0) and Youngstown State (3-0), with scoreless draws against Niagara and Buffalo. Linnea Faccenda and Maggie Layman lead Duquesne in scoring with six points. Layman has scored a team-high three goals, while Faccenda has two goals and two assists.
This is the second all-time meeting between Georgetown and Duquesne. The Hoyas lead the head-to-head series, 1-0, posting a 2-1 overtime win during the 2006 season.