Nov. 17, 2016
WASHINGTON - In a rematch of a regular season game, the Georgetown University women's soccer team will host Rutgers on Friday, Nov. 18 in an NCAA Tournament second round matchup. The game is slated to kick off at 1:30 p.m. at Shaw Field on the Georgetown campus.
The Georgetown-Rutgers game is one of two NCAA Tournament matches, as the Hoyas will host a game between Virginia and Penn State, which kicks off at 11 a.m.
A live video stream of both games will be available through the Georgetown Athletics website, www.GUHoyas.com, with Matt Present calling the play-by-play and Nick Eilerson handling the color.
The Hoyas, the No. 2 seed in the Stanford bracket, advanced to the second round after a 2-0 win over St. Francis (Pa.) last Sunday at Georgetown. Georgetown, ranked No. 5 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and by Soccer America, improved to 17-2-3 overall, setting a school record for wins and recorded its 14th shutout, also a new Georgetown record.
Senior forward Grace Damaska (Milton, Ga./Blessed Trinity) scored her team-leading 14th goal of the season in the 30th minute, graduate student forward Marina Paul (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Laguna Beach) scored in the 52nd minute and junior midfielder Rachel Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Pingry) assisted on both goals.
The match with Rutgers will be the second this season between the two former conference foes. The Hoyas beat the Scarlet Knights, then the No. 12 team in the country, 2-1, in overtime on a strike from 22 yards out just two minutes into the extra frame. It was one of two goals for Corboz.
When the teams played in New Jersey in September, it was the first meeting since 2012. The Scarlet Knights lead the head-to-head series, 12-6-1, but the Hoyas have won the last three meetings and four of the last six overall. GU posted a 1-0 win at Yurcak Field in 2012. The Blue & Gray has a 3-6-0 record in games played at Shaw Field and is 5-5-0 under Head Coach Dave Nolan.
The Hoyas went from an unranked team in the preseason to stand among the top-10 teams in the country, propelled by four wins against ranked teams, including a 3-2 win over then-No. 3 Virginia, a 2-1 win at then-No. 12 Rutgers and a 1-0 overtime win against No. 1 West Virginia. GU posted a 14-game unbeaten streak after dropping a game at home to then-No. 3 Stanford on Aug. 19 and did not lose until Oct. 23.
Georgetown has been led by an offense that ranks among the most potent in the country. The Hoyas are No. 4 in total goals scored (54), No. 4 in the country in scoring offense, averaging 2.57 goals per game, tied for No. 9 in the country in total points (148) and tied for No. 28 with 40 assists.
Corboz, who was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team for the second-straight year, leads the team in scoring with 34 points. She is tied for second on the team in goals scored (10) and leads the team in assists (14). Corboz leads the country with 14 assists, is tied for No. 21 in the country in total points (34) and No. 33 in points per game (1.60).
Damaska, an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection, is second on the team with 33 points, including a team-leading 14 goals. Damaska ranks tied for No. 23 in the country in goals scored, is tied for No. 30 in the country in total points and is No. 43 in the country with 1.48 points per game. Her 14 goals scored are the second-most in a single season at Georgetown.
Graduate student forward Crystal Thomas (Elgin, Ill./Wheaton Academy/Notre Dame), a two-time All-BIG EAST Second Team pick, is third on the team in scoring with 21 points (10 goals, one assist), and redshirt freshman forward Amanda Carolan (Bayville, N.J./Central Regional), who was named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, is tied for third on the team in scoring with nine goals and three assists for 21 points. Thomas (6) and Carolan (5) combined for 50 percent of the team's goals during BIG EAST games (11 of 22)
Seven other Georgetown players have scored at least one goal Ã¢â'¬" including sophomore forward Caitlin Farrell (Wallingford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall), who has three goals and is second on the team with nine assists Ã¢â'¬" and 10 other players have at least one point.
While the Georgetown offense has been garnering attention this season, the Hoya defense that has been solid as well. The Hoyas rank No. 16 in the country in goals-against average (0.65) and are tied for No. 11 in the country with 13 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 Hoyas had not surrendered a goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper Arielle Schechtman (Del Mar, Calif./La Jolla Country Day/UCLA), an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection, carries a 17-2-3 record this season with a 0.59 GAA. Schechtman was named the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week after posting her 11th shutout of the season in a win over Creighton on Oct. 31. It was the second time this season she earned that award, the first coming on Sept. 19 after the team's win over No. 1 West Virginia.
Rutgers, ranked No. 22 in the country in the NSCAA poll, advanced to the second round after a 3-0 win over Harvard last weekend. Senior Madison Tiernan scored two goals in the win as the Scarlet Knights improved to 12-4-6 overall. Tiernan leads the team with 11 goals and 28 points. Senior goalkeeper Alana Jimenez has posted 11 shutouts and is tied for third on RU's single-season record list in that category.
The winner of the Georgetown match plays the winner of the Virginia-Penn State match on Sunday, Nov. 20 at Shaw Field.