– The top-seeded Georgetown University women's soccer team (20-0-3) will host the second-seeded Baylor Bears in the quarterfinals of the 2018 NCAA Tournament on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for noon at Shaw Field. Live stats and a live video stream, with Monika Moore and Dan Helfrich calling the action, will be available at www.GUHoyas.com
This is the seventh-straight NCAA Tournament appearance for the Hoyas, who ranked second in the nation in the final United Soccer Coaches poll, and their eighth appearance in the last nine years, all coming under Head Coach Dave Nolan
. Georgetown finished the season with an RPI of 4 in the most recent report and earned one of four of the top seeds in the tournament. Stanford, who is ranked No. 1 in the country, Florida State and North Carolina rounded out the other top-seeded teams in the bracket of 64 teams.
Additionally, this will be Georgetown's third appearance in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, which all have occurred in the past eight years. The last time the Hoyas made it to the Elite Eight was in 2016 when they defeated Santa Clara 1-0 at Shaw Field. Prior to their 2016 run, GU made its first quarterfinal appearance during the 2010 season, but fell to Ohio State 2-0.
The unbeaten Hoyas downed Duke on Sunday in the third round of the tournament 4-1 at Shaw Field. Senior Caitlin Farrell
(Wallingford, Conn. / Choate Rosemary Hall) opened up the scoring in the 15th minute. The Blue Devils found the equalizer in the 55th minute, but graduate student Kyra Carusa
(San Diego, Calif. / Del Norte / Stanford) gave GU the lead in the 60th minute, followed by back-to-back goals by junior Paula Germino-Watnick
(Chevy Chase, Md. / Bethesda-Chevy Chase) to finish it off for the Hoyas.
The Blue & Gray defeated Central Connecticut in the first round 3-1 and then shut out Washington State last Friday 1-0 in the second round to advance to the Sweet 16. The Hoyas have held all three of their NCAA Tournament opponents to no more than five shots per contest.
Georgetown finished the BIG EAST conference 8-0-1 and clinched its third-consecutive BIG EAST Championship title as well as the BIG EAST Regular Season Championship title for the second year in a row. The Hoyas became the first team in the league to three-peat since Notre Dame (1995-2001) and claimed the conference's automatic berth into the tournament. The Blue & Gray claimed four of the major BIG EAST awards and six players made the All-BIG EAST Team. Farrell was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, junior Meaghan Nally
(Herndon, Va. / South Lakes) was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and senior Arielle Schechtman
(Del Mar, Calif. / La Jolla Country Day / UCLA) was named the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year for the second year in a row. Georgetown Head Coach Dave Nolan
and his coaching staff were named the BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year. Germino-Watnick joined Farrell, Nally and Schechtman on the All-BIG EAST First Team and Carusa and junior Grace Nguyen
(Lilburn, Ga. / Parkview) were named to the second team.
Farrell is one of three Hoyas who have started all 23 games this season. She leads the squad with 39 points from 18 goals and three assists and is tied for first with the most goals in program history at Georgetown. The senior forward sits second in the NCAA in game-winning goals (8), third in total goals (18) and fourth in total points (39). Carusa has also started all 23 games this season and comes in second on the team with 28 points made up of nine goals and 10 helpers. Schechtman has allowed just seven goals in 21 games at net. The senior registers a .320 GAA, 73 saves and a .913 save percentage and sits second in the nation in GAA and save percentage. She leads the country in shutouts this season.
The Bears are ranked ninth in the country in the final United Soccer Coaches poll. They hold a record of 20-5-0 and are coming off of a 2-1 victory over third-seeded Virginia on Sunday in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Baylor opened up the scoring in the sixth minute of the game and the Cavaliers found the equalizer 10 minutes later. Kennedy Brown scored the game-winning goal for the Bears in the 54th minute to advance to the next round.
Baylor defeated Abilene Christian University in the first round of the tournament 2-0 and then knocked out Vanderbilt in the second round with a 3-1 victory. Julie James and Camryn Wendlandt lead the Bears with 10 goals each. Jennifer Wandt has allowed 15 goals in her 25 games as goalkeeper. She registers a .660 GAA, 69 saves and a .821 save percentage, along with 12 clean sheets to rank her fourth in the nation.
This will be the second all-time meeting between the two schools. The Hoyas faced the Bears in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where they fell in the third minute of overtime, resulting in a 2-1 loss. Daphne Corboz (C'15) gave the Hoyas a 1-0 lead in the 83rd minute, but Baylor found the equalizer in the 88th minute, forcing the teams into overtime.
Tickets for Saturday's game are available on WeAreGeorgetown.com/tickets.