Oct. 15, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's soccer team hit the road today, traveling to play at Marquette in a key BIG EAST match on Sunday, Oct. 16 in Milwaukee, Wis. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. (ET) and the game will be shown live on the BIG EAST Digital Network, with Matt Rodewald calling all of the action.
Georgetown, ranked No. 7 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and No. 2 by Soccer America, improved to 11-1-2 overall and 3-0-2 in the BIG EAST Conference with a 5-1 win over Villanova at Shaw Field on Wednesday afternoon. The win extended Georgetown's unbeaten streak to 12 games.
In the last two games, the Hoyas have out-scored their opponents, 9-1, including a 4-0 win over Butler. In the Villanova game, the Blue & Gray scored all five of their goals in the first half. Against Butler on Oct. 9, the team scored four times in the first half. Overall this season, the Hoyas have out-scored opponents 24-3 in the first half.
Graduate student forward Crystal Thomas (Elgin, Ill./Wheaton Academy/Notre Dame) scored two goals for the second-straight game, while senior forward Grace Damaska (Milton, Ga./Blessed Trinity) and junior midfielder Rachel Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Pingry) each scored one goal and one assist and sophomore forward Caitlin Farrell (Wallingford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) added one goal.
Georgetown has been led by an offense that ranks among the most potent in the country. The Hoyas are tied for No. 8 in the country in scoring offense, averaging 2.64 goals per game, tied for No. 6 in total goals scored (37) and tied for No. 18 in the country in total points (99).
Corboz, who has been named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week three times (Aug. 22, Sept. 3, Sept. 12), leads the team in scoring with 24 points. She is second on the team in goals scored (8) and leads the team in assists (8). Corboz is tied for No. 26 in the country in points per game (1.82) and is tied for 19th in the country with six assists.
Damaska, who scored the game-winning goal against No. 1 West Virginia on Sept. 18, is second on the team in scoring with 23 points, including a team-leading 10 goals. Her 10 goals lead the BIG EAST and she is tied for No. 29 in the country in goals scored. Seven other Georgetown players have scored at least one goal -- including Thomas, who has eight, and Carolan, who has five -- and 10 other players have at least one point.
While the Georgetown offense has garnered attention this season, it is the Hoya defense that has been solid as well. The Hoyas rank No. 23 in the country in goals-against average (0.62) and tied for No. 20 in the country with eight shutouts. When Villanova scored in Wednesday's 5-1, it broke a streak of 748 minutes, dating back to the first half of a 3-2 win over then-No. 3 Virginia on Sept. 11, in which the Hoyas had not surrendered a goal.
Sophomore Arielle Schechtman (Del Mar, Calif./La Jolla Country Day/UCLA), who was named the BIG EAST Conference Goalkeeper of the Week on Sept. 19 following the win over West Virginia after making eight saves in that game and defending nine corner kicks and 23 shots, is 11-1-2 this season with a 0.57 GAA.
Sunday's game at Marquette will be the seventh meeting all-time between the teams. Marquette leads the series, 3-2-1, and has a 2-1 advantage in games played in Milwaukee. The teams played to a 2-2 draw at Georgetown last year.