Sept. 22, 2017
WASHINGTON - The No. 15-ranked Georgetown University women's soccer team opens BIG EAST Conference play on Sunday, Sept. 24, hosting St. John's. Kickoff at Shaw Field is slated for 1 p.m.
The game will be shown live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN), with John Fanta calling all of the action.
The Hoyas, ranked No. 15 in the country by the United Soccer Coaches, enter Sunday's game with a 6-2-1 overall record following a 2-0 win at Towson last weekend. Georgetown has a 6-1-1 record in its last eight games, with seven shutouts, including the last four games.
In the win over Towson on Sunday, junior forward Caitlin Farrell (Wallingford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) and sophomore defender Meaghan Nally (Chantilly, Va./Freedom) each scored goals.
Senior goalkeeper Arielle Schechtman (Del Mar, Calif./La Jolla Country Day/UCLA), who was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday after the shutout at Towson, has posted four-straight shutouts and not allowed a goal in more than 390 minutes. She has posted shutouts in seven of nine games this year and ranks No. 3 in the country in shutouts.
Georgetown ranks No. 28 in the country in goals-against average and tied for No. 4 in shutout percentage.
Nine different players have scored goals and 12 different players have scored at least one point for Georgetown. The Hoyas lead the BIG EAST Conference in points (59), goals (20) and are second in the league in assists (19). The team's 59 points rank tied for No. 34 in the country, while 20 goals scored rank tied for No. 35 and the team ranks tied for 34th in assists.
Senior midfielder Rachel Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Pingry) leads the Hoyas in scoring with 12 points, coming off of four goals and four assists. The preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and a MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List selection, Corboz leads the conference in points, is tied for the lead in assists and is tied for third in the league in goals scored.
Farrell is second on the team in scoring with 11 points and leads the team in goals scored with five. She is tied for second in the BIG EAST in points scored and is tied for the lead in goals.
Sophomore midfielder Carson Nizialek (Chantilly, Va./Freedom) is third on the team in scoring with eight points (3 goals, 2 assists), while sophomore midfielder Paula Germino-Watnick (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) and sophomore forward Casey Richards (Allendale, N.J./Northern Highlands) (1 goal, 3 assists) are tied for fourth with five points. Freshman forward Jenna Menta (Lincolndale, N.J./Somers Senior) and senior midfielder Chloe Knott (Auckland, New Zealand/Rangitoto College HS) each have one goal and two assists for four points.
St. John's enters the match with a 4-4-1 overall record. The Red Storm have lost their last three games after opening the season with a 4-1-1 record, including a 1-0 win over Connecticut. Junior Christina Bellero leads the team in scoring with 10 points and is third in the BIG EAST in goals scored with four.
The game on Sunday will be the 18th meeting all-time between the schools, with Georgetown leading the head-to-head series, 8-6-3. The teams played to a scoreless draw last year in Queens. The Hoyas are 5-3-0 at Shaw Field against the Red Storm and the team has a 6-2-2 record against SJU under Head Coach Dave Nolan.