Aug. 26, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's soccer team hosts its home opener on Thursday, Aug. 27 when Connecticut visits Shaw Field. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m.
The game will be shown live on the Georgetown Athletics website Ã¢â'¬" www.GUHoyas.com Ã¢â'¬" with Tom Kolker, the voice of Major League Soccer's NYCFC Ã¢â'¬" calling all of the action.
Georgetown enters the weekend with a 1-1-0 record following the opening two games of the season. The Hoyas opened the season with a 4-3 win over James Madison at the JMU Tournament in Harrisonburg, Va. GU lost to William & Mary, 3-0, in the second game of the tournament.
In the win over James Madison, junior forward Grace Damaska (Milton, Ga./Blessed Trinity) scored a pair of goals to lead the Hoyas to the win. Senior Marina Paul (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Laguna Beach) added another and graduate student Audra Ayotte (Marlborough, Conn./RHAM) scored what proved to be the game-winner as the Blue & Gray held on for the win.
Damaska, sophomore defender Elizabeth Wenger (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) and sophomore midfielder Taylor Pak (Wellington, Fla./American Heritage) were each named to the all-tournament team.
Connecticut enters the game with a 1-0-0 record following a 4-1 win over Colgate to open the season. The Huskies are ranked No. 25 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Junior forward Rachel Hill scored two goals and had an assist in the win over Colgate and was named the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
This is the first meeting between the Hoyas and the Huskies since the 2013 season, when GU posted a 2-1 win in Storrs, Conn. The Huskies lead the head-to-head series, 10-4-0.
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, were 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), Paul and sophomore midfielder Rachel Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Pingry).
The Hoyas played a pair of exhibition games to start the 2015 season, beating then-No. 12 West Virginia, 3-2, in its first game and playing to a scoreless draw against Richmond.
Georgetown closes out its weekend of home action on Sunday, Aug. 30, hosting the University of San Diego. Kickoff at Shaw Field is slated for noon.