– The No. 5 Georgetown women's soccer team defeated the Creighton Bluejays, 7-1, in a BIG EAST matchup at Morrison Stadium on Thursday evening. The Hoyas are on an 11-game winning streak, the largest winning streak in program history. With the win, GU advances to 11-0-2 overall and 4-0 in the BIG EAST, while the Bluejays fall to 4-8 on the season and 1-3 in the league.
"This was definitely an impressive attacking performance," said head coach Dave Nolan
. "The scoreline was harsh for Creighton, who posed us some problems, but we simply scored some great goals. Our front four were very dangerous. Caitlin Farrell
and Paula Germino-Watnick
will get the attention, but Kyra Carusa
, Grace Nguyen
and Amanda Carolan
were very dynamic tonight. We are not happy giving up a goal, but that's the standard this team has for itself and we hope to improve versus Villanova on Sunday."
Four different Hoyas contributed goals to the 7-1 victory tonight in Omaha, Nebraska. Senior Caitlin Farrell
(Wallingford, Conn. / Choate Rosemary Hall) led the Blue & Gray with six points from three goals, recording GU's first hat trick since the 2016 season. Junior Paula Germino-Watnick
(Chevy Chase, Md. / Bethesda-Chevy Chase) came close behind with five points off of a pair of goals and an assist. Additionally, graduate student Kyra Carusa
(San Diego, Calif. / Del Norte / Stanford) tallied three assists on the evening.
Georgetown had control of the ball the majority of the game, dominating on both defense and offense. The Hoyas took four shots within the first 12 minutes of the first half until Germino-Watnick used her quick footwork skills to put GU up on the board in the 16th minute. The junior crossed the shot from 20 yards away, recording her second goal of the season. The Blue & Gray continued to take shots towards Creighton goalkeeper Katie Sullivan until Farrell scored the second goal for Georgetown in the 24th minute. Germino-Watnick connected with Farrell from midfield and Sullivan blocked the senior's shot, which then deflected behind her into the net, giving GU a 2-0 lead. The goal marked Farrell's 10th goal of the season, a team high.
Shortly after Georgetown's second goal, junior Grace Nguyen
(Lilburn, Ga. / Parkview) was sought out by Carusa from outside the box and blasted it over a sea of players' heads, soaring into the right corner of the net, advancing the Blue & Gray to 3-0.
The Hoya defense controlled the backfield, allowing the Bluejays to take only two shots before entering the second half.
Georgetown did not waste any time in the second half, as Farrell took two shots before Germino-Watnick tallied her second goal of the game in the 52nd minute. She beat out two defenders from 18 yards out, reaching the back of the net off of a left-footed kick and giving the Hoyas a 4-0 lead. Less than a minute later, Farrell and Carusa recorded their second goal and assist of the game, respectively. Carusa found Farrell from midfield, hitting the senior's sweet spot on the right side of the box.
Creighton found an opportunity to score against GU senior goalkeeper Arielle Schechtman
(Del Mar, Calif. / La Jolla Country Day / UCLA) in the 56th minute. However, Georgetown continued its same rhythm from earlier despite the goal and the powerful duo of Farrell and Carusa gave the Hoyas a 6-1 lead. Carusa connected with Farrell from midfield, passing the ball through a trio of Bluejay defenders to reach her as Farrell notched a hat trick.
Senior Amanda Carolan
(Bayville, N.Y. / Central Regional) topped off the scoring for the Blue & Gray in the 66th minute. Freshman Boo Jackson
(Marlton, N.J. / Cherokee) snuck a pass to Carolan through several Creighton defenders and Carolan tapped it in the net past Sullivan. Georgetown continued to take more shots throughout the last 20 minutes of play, but could not capitalize on any more opportunities. The Hoya defense held up the Bluejays, allowing them to only take three shots towards Schechtman in the second half.
The Blue & Gray outshot the Bluejays, 26-5, and took six corner kicks to their three. Sullivan recorded eight saves while Schechtman only tallied one.
The No. 5 Georgetown Hoyas will return to action on Sunday, Oc.7 to host Villanova on the Hilltop. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Shaw Field. Live stats, as well as a webcast featuring Monika Moore, will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.