Aug. 25, 2017
WASHINGTON - The 2017-18 academic year marks the 25th Anniversary of women's soccer at Georgetown University. As part of a planned celebration for the 25th Anniversary during the coming season, Head Coach Dave Nolan will share his top-10 moments in the history of the program leading up to a celebration for the program on Sept. 30.
As we close in on the top spot, No. 4 was one that was truly special for Nolan and the program.
Since the program's inception in 1993 and Nolan taking over as head coach in 2004, the Hoyas had continued a climb and reached varying levels of success. In 2007, the team made the NCAA Tournament for the first time. In 2010, the Blue & Gray reached the Elite Eight and set a school record for wins (15).
But there was something missing.
"Since 2007, the program had been on a steady rise," Nolan said this week. "It seemed like years of hard work and effort by all involved was finally paying off. But at the end of the day, great teams win things and we were still searching for some silverware."
Getting that silverware came over the course of two weeks late in the 2012 season. The Hoyas entered a mid-October match against perennial league favorite Notre Dame needing a win to take a lead in the BIG EAST's National Division. And second half goals from Colleen Dinn and Daphne Corboz led GU to a 2-0 win.
Just two days later, Vanessa Skrumbis scored eight minutes into the first overtime period -- with assists from Mary Kroening and Marina Paul -- to lift the team to a 1-0 win over DePaul, clinching the National Division title and giving the team a chance to hold a BIG EAST trophy.
"That season had been very good and we knew if we beat Notre Dame at home, we would at least get a share of the divisional title," Nolan said. "The girls turned in a tremendous performance, winning 2-0 at home comfortably. You have to remember Notre Dame was the measuring stick for all in the BIG EAST and to finish above them was huge. (The following year we won out in South Bend to ensure that senior class had never lost a game to the Fighting Irish over their four-year career.)
"And just a couple of days later, we beat DePaul and were presented with the BIG EAST Trophy and BIG EAST t-shirts and the girls were so excited. It was just a great memory."
"It's a great reward for the kids for all the work they put in," Nolan said. "Every year, I challenge our team to make their own history and leave their own legacy. The 2010 team did it and the 2011 team did it and those were special. I told this group not to make someone else's legacy, but create your own and do something no one else has done."
"Winning the BIG EAST was one of the biggest highlights of my four years, and to be the first to do it made it even that much more special," former player Alexa St. Martin said. "I think it was an incredible testament to Dave and his commitment as a coach, turning what was a young program into a top college team. Subsequently, expectations are higher and I believe conference titles are just the beginning."
The Hoyas would finish the 2012 season with a 16-4-3 record, advancing to the BIG EAST Championship game for the first time and then going to the NCAA Tournament, reaching the second round.