– The No. 11 Georgetown women's soccer squad defeated crosstown rival George Washington, 1-0, on Thursday at GW Soccer Field. The Hoyas scored a late goal in the second half to shut out the Colonials and advance to 3-0-2 while GW falls to 4-1. This marked GU's third shutout of the 2018 season.
"Playing at GW has always been a tough game for us," said Head Coach Dave Nolan
. "While we didn't play our best soccer, I challenged the girls to find a way to win ugly and that was the most important thing. While we defended pretty well, we found it hard to generate enough quality chances."
With an aggressive offense and a pressuring defense at the start, the Hoyas took eight shots to George Washington's two in the first half. GW's goalkeeper Anna Tapen recorded six saves before the end of the half while Georgetown's senior goalkeeper Arielle Schechtman
(Del Mar, Calif. / La Jolla Country Day / UCLA) did not tally any saves. GU fought hard to finish the half with a lead but could not generate any results. Sophomore Grace Nguyen
(Lilburn, Ga. / Parkview) fired a shot with less than two minutes left in the half as an attempt to put the Blue & Gray on the board but could not find the back of the net.
The Colonials entered the second half with more momentum and took more than twice the amount of shots they did in the first half, which made Schechtman work harder in the net as she recorded five saves. However, Georgetown kept up with Colonials rhythm and did not give up as the board remained scoreless more than halfway into the second half.
After being called offsides at the 71st minute, the Blue & Gray changed the possession back quickly as junior Carson Nizialek
(Chantilly, Va. / Freedom) sought out senior Amanda Carolan
at the net (Bayville, N.J. / Central Regional) who snuck the ball in to give the Hoyas a 1-0 lead at the 72nd minute. This marked Carolan's first goal of the season and Nizialek's third assist. The Colonials tried to even the score but Georgetown's defense did not allow them near the net.
"The second half was a little better and maybe we should have scored one or two more but it still took a tremendous save from Arielle just after we scored to help secure the win," said Nolan. "On to Sunday
now for a huge contest against longtime rival West Virginia, the girls are excited for that challenge."
The Blue & Gray outshot George Washington, 12-9, and took six corners to GW's four. Tapen tallied eight saves to Schechtman's five, which all occurred in the second half.
Next up, the Hoyas will hit the road to Morgantown, West Virginia to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers, who are receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches poll. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. on Sunday at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. Live stats and video will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.