Oct. 22, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's soccer team closes out its regular season home schedule on Sunday, Oct. 23, hosting DePaul in a crucial BIG EAST Conference match at Shaw Field. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.
The game will be shown live on the BIG EAST Digital Network, with Jay Alter 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 13-1-2 overall and 5-0-2 in the BIG EAST Conference with a 4-0 win over Seton Hall on Thursday.
The matchup with DePaul is a game between the tops two teams in the BIG EAST, as the Blue Demons enter with a 9-5-2 overall record and stand atop the league standings with a 6-1-0 record.
Four different players scored goals on Thursday against Seton Hall as the Hoyas clinched a spot in the BIG EAST Tournament for the ninth-straight season. Georgetown went into the half with a 1-0 lead following a penalty kick from graduate student forward Crystal Thomas (Elgin, Ill./Wheaton Academy/Notre Dame) in the 42nd minute. Sophomore forward Caitlin Farrell (Wallingford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) scored an unassisted goal in the 60th minute, while junior midfielder Chloe Knott (Auckland, New Zealand/Rangitoto College H.S.) and Grace Damaska (Milton, Ga./Blessed Trinity) added goals in the 74th and 77th minutes, respectively.
Georgetown has been led by an offense that ranks among the most potent in the country. The Hoyas are tied for No. 1 in total goals scored (43), tied for No. 4 in the country in scoring offense, averaging 2.61 goals per game, and tied for No. 10 in the country in total points (114).
Sophomore forward Amanda Carolan (Bayville, N.J./Central Regional), who was named to the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, is fourth on the team in scoring with seven goals and two assists for 16 points. She leads the team in scoring in BIG EAST games with five goals and one assist for 11 points. Carolan is the third Georgetown player to be named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, joining junior midfielder Rachel Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Pingry), who has earned it three times, and senior forward Grace Damaska (Marietta, Ga./Blessed Trinity), who has been selected once.
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 25 points. She is third on the team in goals scored (8) and leads the team in assists (9). Corboz is tied for No. 40 in the country in points per game (1.60) and is tied for No. 9 in the country with eight assists.
Damaska, who scored the game-winning goal against No. 1 West Virginia on Sept. 18, leads the team in scoring with 26 points, including a team-leading 11 goals. Her 11 goals are the fourth-most in a single season in Georgetown history and are tied for the lead league in the BIG EAST and are tied for No. 16 nationally.
Eight other Georgetown players have scored at least one goal Ã¢â'¬" including Thomas, who has nine, and Carolan, who has seven Ã¢â'¬" and 10 other players have at least one point.
While the Georgetown offense has been garnering attention this season, it is the Hoya defense that has been solid as well. The Hoyas rank No. 13 in the country in goals-against average (0.55) and are tied for No. 9 in the country with 10 shutouts. When Villanova scored in a 5-1 GU win on Oct. 12, 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 Hoya had not surrendered a goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Arielle Schechtman (Del Mar, Calif./La Jolla Country Day/UCLA), who was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, is 13-1-2 this season with a 0.50 GAA. She was named the BIG EAST Conference Goalkeeper of the Week on Sept. 19 following a 1-0 win over No. 1 West Virginia after making eight saves in that game and defending nine corner kicks and 23 shots,
The meeting with DePaul will be the 15th all-time between the schools, with the Hoyas leading the series, 7-4-3. The teams played to a 1-1 draw last year in Chicago. In the last five games, GU is 0-2-3 against the Blue Demons. The Hoyas have a 5-0-1 record at Shaw Field against DePaul.