Aug. 21, 2016
Stanford 3, Georgetown 0
The Georgetown University women's soccer team kept No. 5/1 Stanford in check through the opening half, but the Cardinal scored three goals in the opening eight minutes of the second half en route to a 3-0 win over the Hoyas on a hot and humid day at Shaw Field. Georgetown falls to 1-1-0, while Stanford improves to 2-0-0.
"They're a very good team and at the end of the year, they're going to be one of the teams that will be in the shake for the big prize," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "After an initial 15-minute period of the first half where it got away from us and we couldn't deal with their midfield three, but in the back half of het second half, I thought we dealt with them pretty comfortably. We talked about it at the half that the most dangerous moments are right after a goal or right after the half, and somehow they scrambled a goal and it deflated us a bit. It was one of those moments where you know it's going to be a long day after that.
"We wanted to measure ourselves against the best to see what we need to do to get there. We have some work to do, but I thought we learned a lot about ourselves today."
After a scoreless first half, Stanford was able to jump on top quickly in the second half, with a cross from the end line that Andi Sullivan sent to the box. From six yards out on the near side, Megan Turner blasted a shot past sophomore goalkeeper Arielle Schechtman (Del Mar, Calif./La Jolla Country Day/UCLA) at 47:46.
Five minutes later, the Cardinal increased the lead to 2-0. Stanford forward Sam Tran sent a pass from the end line through the box to Jordan DiBiasi, who scored at 52:47.
Stanford added its final goal three minutes later when Sullivan's corner kick was deflected in the box and picked up by Kyra Carusa, who put it away from the mouth of the goal at 55:43.
Things began to open up for Georgetown more in the second half, with freshman forward Paula Germino-Watnick (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) providing a spark. Graduate student Crystal Thomas (Elgin, Ill./Wheaton Academy/Notre Dame) had two of the team's best chances, with a shot from about 25 yards out going just wide in the 58th minute and a shot from inside the box saved by Stanford goalkeeper Jane Campbell in the 61st minute. A header from graduate student Marina Paul (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Laguna Beach) off a corner kick from Germino-Watnick in the 88th minute went just high.
Georgetown had several chances in the first half, with two shots and a pair of corner kicks from junior midfielder Rachel Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Pingry). Sophomore forward Caitlin Farrell (Wallingford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) had both attempts for the Hoyas, with her first shot blocked in the box in the seventh minute, and one in the 18th minute blocked as well.
Stanford outshot Georgetown, 17-5, and held a 10-4 advantage in corner kicks.
The Hoyas will continue a four-game home stand to open the season on Thursday, Aug. 25, hosting Delaware at Shaw Field. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m. The game will be shown live on the Georgetown Athletics website, www.GUHoyas.com, with Tom Kolker, the radio voice of Major League Soccer's New York City Football Club, calling all of the action.