Aug. 4, 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 during the season.
No. 7 on Nolan's Top 10 was not even a game. It was a Monday, Nov. 12, 2007 and it was a momentous night as it was when Georgetown first heard its name as one of those selected to play in that year's NCAA Tournament, the first time in program history.
"The 2007 season was a breakout season for us," Nolan said. "We had played some great soccer and had some good results and finally we were being mentioned as a possible at-large selection for the NCAA Tournament. However, it was still a nervous wait as we sweated during the Selection Show. The team had assembled and we watched anxiously as selections were named.
"When our name was finally called out the room erupted with screams of joy and happiness and we finally felt like we had arrived as a top program. All the work put in by that group of players was merely the top of the pyramid and we stood on the shoulders of all those who came before us. It was a proud day for all Hoyas soccer fans and alums."
On that Monday night in November, the team had assembled in one of the meeting rooms in McDonough Arena but had to wait, literally, until the final four-team pod was revealed to see the name "Georgetown" on the television screen.
The Hoyas, who entered the tournament with a 14-7-0 record, would travel to play Colonial Athletic Association regular-season champion William & Mary in a first round game to be played at the University of Virginia.
At that time, 10 years ago, Georgetown was in the midst of its best season ever. The team was led by a freshman midfielder, Ingrid Wells, who was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year and was an All-BIG EAST First Team pick. She finished the season tied for eighth nationally in assists per game (0.59) and tied the single-season record for assists in a season at Georgetown (since broken). In addition, her 25 points that season ranked second all-time.
Senior Sara Jordan was a senior on that team and she earned All-BIG EAST Second Team honors. Jordan was tied for the team lead in goals with six, while Stephanie Zare and Toni Marie Hudson each had five and Caitlin Durkee and Elaina Filauro scored four apiece.
"Making the NCAA tournament had been our goal all season," Jordan said via e-mail this week. "I felt so proud when I saw our name up on the screen. We had worked so hard for that and it was such a big milestone for the program. It was so rewarding to play a small role in moving the program forward to where it is today."
Goalkeepers Jackie DesJardin and Jade Higgins combined that season for a then-school record 10 shutouts and a 1.04 goals-against average. Solid defensive play was a constant that season with BIG EAST All-Tournament Team selection Karen Waskewich, Michaela Buonomo, Nicole Smith and Vanessa Joyce appearing in every game and Alex Gargano starting in the final 11 contests.