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– The top-seeded Georgetown women's soccer team clinched its third consecutive BIG EAST Championship title on Sunday afternoon at Shaw Field. The Hoyas (17-0-3, 8-0-1 BIG EAST) defeated No. 2 seed Butler (13-6-1, 6-2-1 BIG EAST) 1-0 to claim the victory. Georgetown has become the first team in the league to three-peat since Notre Dame (1995-2001) and have guaranteed a seventh consecutive trip to the NCAA Championship by claiming the conference's automatic berth.
Named BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Offensive Player, Caitlin Farrell
(Wallingford, Conn. / Choate Rosemary Hall) scored the game's lone goal just 2:14 into the match, while Most Outstanding Defensive Player Kelly Ann Livingstone
(Glen Ridge, N.J. / Glen Ridge) helped keep the Bulldogs off the scoreboard for all 90 minutes.
The victory marks Head Coach Dave Nolan
's 200th win in his 15 years of coaching at Georgetown. He has finished the last 12 seasons with at least 10 wins and has been named the BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year three times, with the most recent title given to him this season. He has an overall coaching record of 200-80-38 and is the third active BIG EAST coach to reach the 200-win mark along with Ian Stone of St. John's and Markus Roeders of Marquette.
This was Georgetown's fifth appearance in the BIG EAST Championship game. The unbeaten Hoyas, who are ranked fourth in the country, also clinched the BIG EAST Regular Season Champion title for the second year in a row.
Farrell scored the game-winning goal in the third minute of play. Graduate student Kyra Carusa
(San Diego, Calif. / Del Norte / Stanford) connected with junior Grace Nguyen
(Lilburn, Ga. / Parkview), who then found Farrell in her sweet spot on the right side of the box 18-yard box. Farrell buried the goal past Butler goalkeeper Hannah Luedtke, tallying her 17th goal of the season.
Senior goalkeeper Arielle Schechtman
(Del Mar, Calif. / La Jolla Country Day / UCLA) recorded a pair of saves to keep the Bulldogs from scoring, marking her 13th shutout this season. A strong Hoya defense kept the pressure off of Schechtman, holding Butler to just four shots in 90 minutes, which all occurred in the second half. The Hoyas outshot the Bulldogs 12-4 and took five corner kicks to BU's three.
In addition to major award winners Farrell and Livingstone, junior Carson Nizialek
(Chantilly, Va. / Freedom) and Carusa joined them on the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team.
Georgetown will learn its NCAA Championship First Round opponent on Monday afternoon. The selection show is slated for 4:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.