Sept. 17, 2016
WASHINGTON - Just nine games into the 2016 regular season, the Georgetown University women's soccer team will face its fourth ranked opponent of the year, traveling to play at No .2 West Virginia on Sunday, Sept. 18 in Morgantown. Kickoff at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium is slated for 1 p.m.
The Hoyas, ranked No. 18 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and No. 9 in the Soccer America poll, enter the match with a 7-1-0 overall record following a 1-0 win over George Washington on Thursday.
Georgetown, winners of six-straight games, will play its fourth ranked opponent on Sunday when they meet the Mountaineers, who are No. 2 in the NSCAA poll and No. 1 in the Soccer America rankings. GU lost to No. 1 Stanford, 3-0, on Aug. 21, but posted a 2-1 overtime win at then-No. 12 Rutgers on Sept. 3 and beat then-No. 3 Virginia, 3-2, last week at home.
The Hoyas have been led by junior midfielder Rachel Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Pingry), who was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after scoring what proved to be the winning goal in the 3-2 win over Virginia last Sunday. It was the third time this season that Corboz, who was the BIG EAST's Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, has won the award.
Corboz leads Georgetown and the BIG EAST -- and ranks tied for No. 8 in the country -- in scoring with 20 points, averaging 2.50 per game. She is tied for No. 18 in the country in goals scored (7) and tied for 12th in the country in total assists (6).
Senior forward Grace Damaska (Milton, Ga./Blessed Trinity), who was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on Aug. 29, is second on the team in scoring with 15 points. She is tied for the team lead -- and ranks tied for No. 18 in the country - with seven goals and has added one assist.
The Hoyas have been led by a high-powered offense that ranks tied for fourth in the nation in goals scored (24) and No. 4 in the country in scoring offense (3.00 points per game).
In addition to Corboz and Damaska, seven other players have scored at least one goal and have 10 players who have at least one point. Senior forward Crystal Thomas (Elgin, Ill./Wheaton Academy/Notre Dame) is third on the team with three goals and sophomore Amanda Carolan (Bayville, N.J./Central Regional), has scored one goal in each of the last two games.
Sophomore goalkeeper Arielle Schechtman (Del Mar, Calif./La Jolla Country Day/UCLA), who was selected to the Weekly Honor Roll on Monday after picking up wins last week against George Mason and Virginia, carries a 1.03 goals-against average and has 18 saves in eight games.
The meeting with West Virginia is a matchup between two teams that know each other very well from the days when the Mountaineers were members of the BIG EAST Conference. Since WVU left, the teams have played twice, both in the 2014 season. In that first matchup, the Hoyas played to a 1-1 double overtime tie, but the teams matched up again later in the year at the NCAA Tournament, with the Hoyas advancing after a 4-2 edge in penalty kicks. Overall, this will be the 19th all-time meeting, with the Mountaineers leading the series,13-3-2.