Aug. 13, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's soccer team was selected to finish in third place in a vote of the league's coaches as the BIG EAST Conference announced the preseason poll and all-league team.
The Hoyas, who finished the 2014 season with an 11-5-6 overall record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the third-straight year, are ranked No. 25 in the country in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) preseason poll.
Georgetown was picked to finish in third place in the conference with 70 total points. DePaul and St. John's each received four first-place votes and 73 total points and were selected as the conference's preseason favorites. Marquette and Providence rounded out the top-five.
Three Hoyas were also selected to the preseason All-BIG EAST Team, senior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run), senior defender Marina Paul (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Laguna Beach) and sophomore midfielder Rachel Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Pingry).
Newins was an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection and an All-Northeast Region First Team selection by the NSCAA in 2014. She started 20 games last year and finished the season with a 1.19 goals-against average (GAA), 71 saves and nine shutouts. Newins ranked sixth in the BIG EAST in GAA and was tied for fourth in the conference in shutouts.
Paul was an All-BIG EAST First Team selection and an All-Northeast Region Third Team pick of the NSCAA in 2014 after anchoring a young Hoya defensive back line. She started 20 games and finished seventh on the team in scoring with two goals and three assists for seven points. Paul was the lone veteran on a back line that lost four starters from the 2013 season and she helped to anchor a group that posted 11 shutouts.
Rachel Corboz, the younger sister of Georgetown's all-time leading scorer Daphne Corboz, had an impressive first season on the Hilltop, earning All-BIG EAST Second Team and All-BIG EAST Rookie honors, as well as being an All-Northeast Region Third Team selection by the NSCAA. She finished third on the team in scoring with four goals and eight assists for 16 points.
The Hoyas, who beat No. 12 West Virginia, 3-2, on Wednesday in its first exhibition of the season, plays its final exhibition game on Saturday, Aug. 15 at Richmond (5 p.m.).
The Blue & Gray open the regular season in Harrisonburg, Va. at the James Madison Invitational. The Hoyas play host James Madison on Friday, Aug. 21 (7 p.m.) and then close out the weekend on Sunday, Aug. 23 (11:30 a.m.) against William & Mary.