Aug. 27, 2015
UConn 2, Georgetown 1
WASHINGTON - Georgetown scored early in the second half to break a scoreless tie and take the lead, but No. 25 Connecticut took advantage of key opportunities in the second half en route to a 2-1 win over the Hoyas at Shaw Field on Thursday afternoon.
It was the second-straight loss for the Hoyas, who fall to 1-2-0 overall, while the Huskies improve to 2-0-0.
The loss ends a 30-game unbeaten streak at Shaw Field for the Hoyas, dating back to the 2011 season, when Louisville posted a 2-1 overtime win over GU. It also ended a 14-game win streak at home against non-league opponents since 2011, when then-No. 2 Stanford beat the Blue & Gray.
"The result is obviously very disappointing," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "I thought we played quite well, particularly in the first half, I thought we were very good. They have a First Team All-American type of candidate (Rachel Hill) and she's always dangerous and Liz Wenger did a really great job on her.
"When we went up 1-0, I never felt they were going to score, but we made a mistake. And as seems to be the trend in our three games so far, we've made a mistake and it knocked a bit of the stuffing out of us. But I told them after the game I'm never unhappy if they gave a good effort and I thought the effort was really good today. We're just not getting the breaks right now."
Tied at 1-all in the 71st minute, the Huskies took the lead for good when Stephanie Ribeiro scored her first goal of the season. Andrea Plucenik, who had subbed in moments prior, sent a ball from the far side of the field to the box where a sliding Ribeiro was able to get a foot on it and send it to the far post, beating GU senior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) at 70:25.
The Hoyas had several chances in the final 20 minutes, but could not connect. A shot from senior midfielder Sarah Adams (San Diego, Calif./Westview) in the 74th minute was blocked but the deflection was saved by UConn goalkeeper Emily Armstrong. A trio of corner kicks in the final 10 minutes led to a shot from sophomore midfielder Rachel Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Pingry) and the best chance, in the 84th minute, from senior midfielder Crystal Thomas (Elgin, Ill./Wheaton Academy), whose shot from the right of the box was saved.
Georgetown had taken a 1-0 lead early in the second half after controlling play for much of the opening 45 minutes. Thomas played a ball from just past midfield over the top and it landed outside the box. As Armstrong came off her line to play the ball, Damaska poked it away and easily knocked it in, giving the Hoyas a 1-0 lead at 51:46.
The lead was short-lived, however, as the Huskies tied the game in the 58th minute. Hill ran the ball deep toward the goal and Newins came off her line. She stopped the ball at first, but Hill poked it away from her and scored at 57:14 to tie the game.
The first half was virtually all Georgetown, with the Hoyas holding a 10-6 advantage in shots and 3-1 in corner kicks. Corboz had three shots that were off the mark, while both Thomas and sophomore Chloe Knott (Auckland, New Zealand/Rangitoto College) could not connect. The best chance was from sophomore midfielder Taylor Pak (Wellington, Fla./American Heritage), who had a blast in the box saved by Armstrong in the 22nd minute.
Hill got away in the opening five minutes and was close to a 1-on-1 chance against Newins, but the veteran goalkeeper cleared the ball to prevent the chance. And in the 32nd minute, UConn's Maddie Damm sent a shot wide.
Georgetown out-shot Connecticut, 18-11, and held an 11-4 advantage in corner kicks.
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.