Aug. 18, 2017
WVU 1, Georgetown 0
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No. 5 Georgetown Falls to No. 1 West Virginia, 1-0
WASHINGTON - The oppressive heat and humidity in the Nation's Capital weren't the only things the No. 5-ranked Georgetown women's soccer team had to contend with on Friday afternoon in its season opener at Shaw Field. In their first game of the season, the Hoyas were tasked with the challenge of playing the No. 1 team in the country, West Virginia.
Despite holding advantages in shots and corner kicks and maintaining control of possession for a larger margin of the game, the Hoyas could not capitalize as West Virginia scored in the 11th minute and beat GU 1-0.
"I was very pleased with our fitness level," Georgetown Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "To be fair, West Virginia is a team that normally runs you into the ground, but I thought today we did that to them. I thought both teams have to commended for playing such a good, open-ended game in this heat. It was a tough time and it was a tough game, but a really good game. They found a way to score a goal and we couldn't quite find a way even though we had lots of moments."
The game had originally been scheduled to start at 4 p.m., but was moved up to 1 p.m. due to expected inclement weather in the area on Friday afternoon. Kicking off with temperatures in the low 90s and heavy air, the teams were aggressive in the opening minutes, with a shot from WVU's Michaela Abam going wide in the second minute and GU earning a corner kick, taken by senior Rachel Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./ Pingry), the BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, in the seventh minute.
The Mountaineers, who lost in the national championship game last year, capitalized in the 11th minute. After a corner kick at the 9:47 mark, the Mountaineers worked the ball into play and Sh'Nia Gordon sent a cross from the right edge of the box to the far post. Abam headed the ball past senior goalkeeper Arielle Schechtman (San Diego, Calif./La Jolla Country Day/UCLA) at the 10:26 mark for the game's lone goal.
The Hoyas, however, had several chances through the remainder of the half, but could not score the equalizer. Georgetown's best chance of the half came in the 24th minute when Corboz had a shot stopped from the front of the goal by WVU goalkeeper Rylee Foster. The rebound came to junior forward Caitlin Farrell (Wallingford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) and her shot from the right edge was saved.
In the waning minutes of the half, freshman Jenna Menta (Lincolndale, N.Y./Somers Senior) had three shots, all of which were saved by Foster. In the 38th minute, Menta had a shot pushed away from the left post. Less than a minute later, a shot from seven yards out was saved and then, in the 40th minute, Menta broke away from the pack and had a shot saved from just inside the box.
Georgetown again had several chances in the second half, taking six corner kicks and with shots from Farrell and sophomore Amanda Carolan (Bayville, N.J./Central Regional) saved by Foster.
Overall, the Blue & Gray had a 13-7 advantage in shots and a 9-4 edge in corner kicks.
Georgetown continues its opening weekend on Sunday, Aug. 20, hosting George Washington. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. and the game will air live on the Georgetown Athletics website - www.GUHoyas.com - and can be seen live on HoyasLive on the FOX Sports Go app.
"George Washington-Georgetown, a crosstown rival is always a tough game," Nolan said. "Much the same way we looked at this game today playing the No. 1 team, I'm sure the GW kids are looking at the game on Sunday as Georgetown, a local rival, a Final Four caliber team, the No. 5 team in the country, so they're going to be up for the game. The last couple of years, it's been a one-goal game, so they're going to be up for it."
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