Nov. 13, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's soccer team begins play in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, November 14, hosting Hofstra at Shaw Field. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. The game will be shown live on the Georgetown Athletics website Ã¢â'¬" www.GUHOyas.com Ã¢â'¬" with Tom Kolker calling all of the action.
The winner of Hofstra-Georgetown match will advance to the second round, playing the winner of a match between Fairleigh Dickinson and No. 2 seed Rutgers on Thursday, Nov. 20.
The Blue & Gray enter the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 11-5-3 after playing to a 1-1 draw in the BIG EAST Semifinals against Providence, before falling 4-2 in penalty kicks. The Hoyas finished in second place in the BIG EAST during the regular season with a 6-1-2 record.
This is Georgetown's fourth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and the second time the Hoyas are hosting a first round game. GU beat LaSalle, 2-0, in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Under Head Coach Dave Nolan, the Blue & Gray have made the NCAA Tournament five times in the last six years and six times in his 12 years at the helm of the program.
Georgetown is led by sophomore midfielder Rachel Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Pingry), who was named the BIG EAST Conference Midfielder of the Year and a first team all-league selection this season. Corboz being named the Midfielder of the Year marked the fifth time a GU player had earned the honor and the third time a Corboz won it, following in the footsteps of her older sister, Daphne (C'15), who won the award in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Rachel Corboz leads Georgetown in scoring with 28 points, leading the team with 10 goals and eight assists. She is third in the BIG EAST in points scored, tied for third in goals and tied for second in assists.
Corboz is one of five players in double figures in scoring for the Hoyas, along with senior forward Crystal Thomas (Elgin, Ill./Wheaton Academy/Notre Dame), who is second with 20 points. Thomas, who was one of five Hoyas named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team, has scored seven goals and six assists. She is tied for second on the team in goals scored with junior forward Grace Damaska (Milton, Ga./Blessed Trinity). Damaska is third on the team in scoring with 17 points (seven goals, three assists). Sophomore midfielder Taylor Pak (Wellington, Fla./American Heritage), also an All-BIG EAST Second Team pick, is fourth on the team in scoring with six goals and two assists for 14 points, while graduate student forward Audra Ayotte (Marlborough, Conn./RHAM) is fifth with 10 points (four goals, two assists).
Seniors Sarah Adams (San Diego, Calif./Westview) and Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run), along with sophomore Elizabeth Wenger (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) rounded out the team's All-BIG EAST Second Team selections. Adams and Wenger helped to lead a backline that adjusted throughout the season with injuries but helped to post five shutouts and allowed only eight goals in BIG EAST Conference play. Newins, who has earned five All-BIG EAST honors in her career, is among the top goalkeepers in the league. She has a 10-5-3 record with three shutouts this season and a 1.19 goals-against average, including a 0.83 mark in league play. Newins is Georgetown's all-time leader in career shutouts (33).
Like Georgetown, Hofstra was an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament. The Pride, making their fifth-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, have an overall record of 13-5-1, including a 7-1-1 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association.
The Hoyas have an all-time record of 24-14-1 against teams from the Colonial Athletic Association.