Sept. 8, 2017
Georgetown 5, St. Francis (Pa.
WASHINGTON - The No. 15-ranked Georgetown University women's soccer team scored four times in the second half and cruised to a 5-0 win over St. Francis (Pa.) on Friday afternoon at Shaw Field.
It was the second-straight win, and the fifth in the last six games for the Hoyas, who improve to 5-2-0 overall. St. Francis (Pa.) falls to 2-4-0.
The game was a rematch of a first round NCAA Tournament game won by Georgetown last year (2-0). And like last year's game, the Hoyas led 1-0 at the half. But this time, the Blue & Gray exploded for four goals in the second half and peppered the Red Flash with 20 shots en route to the win.
Sophomore midfielder Paula Germino-Watnick (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) led the way with two goals and an assist, while sophomore midfielder Carson Nizialek (Chantilly, Va./Freedom), senior midfielder Rachel Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Pingry) and junior forward Caitlin Farrell (Wallingford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) each added a goal.
"We took care of business in this game," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "St. Francis are well coached and with a special player up top. We managed to keep her quiet and I think overall, we set the tone for the game. It was great to see Paula grab a couple of goals and in the second half in particular, I thought we played very well.
"I was able to get some players some much needed minutes and this also allowed me to save some legs as we get ready for a very big game on Sunday at home to Rutgers."
The Hoyas wasted little time getting on the board. A shot from Germino-Watnick was saved in the fourth minute, but in the fifth minute, Nizialek took a shot from eight yards out that went to the upper left corner, giving GU a 1-0 lead. Senior midfielder Taylor Pak (Wellington, Fla./American Heritage) directed a pass to Germino-Watnick near the end line and she sent a ball to Nizialek, who was just outside the box.
Georgetown continued to pepper St. Francis (Pa.) but could not add another in the first half.
Just six minutes into the second half, GU pushed its lead to two goals when Germino-Watnick took advantage of a bad pass back to St. Francis (Pa.) goalkeeper Julia Herman and sent it to far post at 52:14 for his first career goal.
She added a second goal eight minutes later. After a blast from Farrell from 30 yards out was saved, the deflection fell to Germino-Watnick, who knocked it in from the mouth of the goal.
Corboz, who took a team-high 10 shots and had a couple saved by Herman, scored her fourth goal of the season in the 64th minute. Controlling the ball near the middle of the field she faked two Red Flash defenders before taking a shot from 22 yards out to the lower far post.
Farrell closed out the scoring in the 75th minute. Freshman midfielder Grace Nguyen (Milburn, Ga./Parkview) sent a lead pass through the box to Farrell, who blasted it from 10 yards out to give GU a 5-0 lead.
The Hoyas outshot the Red Flash, 33-1, and held an 11-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Georgetown closes out its weekend on Sunday, Sept. 10, hosting No. 12 Rutgers. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. and a live stream and stats of the game will be available on the Georgetown Athletics website, www.GuHoyas.com. That game is a rematch of last year's second round NCAA Tournament game, also a 2-0 win for the Hoyas.