Aug. 20, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's soccer team opens its 2015 regular season on Friday, Aug. 21 against James Madison in the first day of play at the JMU Invitational in Harrisonburg, Va. The Hoyas kick off against the host Dukes at 7 p.m. ET.
Live audio of the game can be found on the JMU Athletics page.
This will be the 11th all-time meeting between Georgetown and James Madison, with the Hoyas leading the head-to-head series, 6-3-1. The last time the teams met was during the 2012 season, a 1-0 Hoya win. Georgetown has a 3-2 record at James Madison and has won the last two games played in Harrisonburg.
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 BIG EAST conference, behind DePaul and St. John's, who each received four first-place votes and were selected as the conference's preseason favorites.
Three Hoyas were 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, in its first exhibition of the season, played to a scoreless draw against Richmond in the second exhibition on Saturday in Virginia.
The Blue & Gray close out the tournament on Sunday, Aug. 23, playing William & Mary at 11:30 a.m. ET.