Sept. 4, 2015
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Georgetown University field hockey team (1-2) captured its first win of the season as it triumphed over La Salle, 1-0, on Friday afternoon in Multi-Sport Field. The Georgetown victory over La Salle is the first since 2010, when the Hoyas defeated the Explorers, 6-4.
"I am proud of our team for battling back against a talented La Salle team after a competitive opening weekend," Georgetown Head Coach Shannon Soares said. "I liked the adjustments that we made but we have to get better at continuing to attack after we're up and protect our defensive circle. We are excited about the win but we have to quickly turn our attention and prepare for a tough Saint Francis team."
The first half was a battle for control as both teams orchestrated offensive attacks that were negated by defensive efforts. While the Explorers led the Hoyas, 5-2, in shots in the half, Georgetown dominated La Salle in penalty corners, 7-3. The squads kept the score tied at zero heading into the second half.
Needing to get on the board, Georgetown had a strong offensive performance from Molly Thompson (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Ann Arbor Pioneer), who secured the only goal of the game at the 31:05 mark in the second half. Bringing in a penalty corner for the Hoyas, Thompson stood solid and shot in the goal among a cluster of players at the bottom of the circle. The score was the first of the season for the junior defender.
Also adding depth to GU's offense were junior Aliyah Graves-Brown (Harrisburg, Pa. / Harrisburg Academy), who notched two shots and senior Sarah Butterfield (Bridgewater, N.J./ Oak Knoll), who recorded a shot. On the season the Hoyas own a .056 shot percentage compared to its opponents' .051 performance.
Defensively, Georgetown goalkeeper Rachel Skonecki (Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Red Land) registered seven saves overall for the Hoyas. Skonecki currently tallies a .917 save percentage.
Georgetown will look to continue its success as it takes on Saint Francis (Pa.) on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Multi-Sport Field.