– The No. 10 Georgetown women's soccer team defeated No. 25 Princeton, 2-1, on Thursday evening at Sherrard Field at the Class of 1952 Stadium. The Hoyas won in overtime on a penalty kick, which advances GU to 6-0-2 on the season while Princeton falls to 5-2.
"This was a great team performance tonight and I felt we were worth the win," said Head Coach Dave Nolan
. "Princeton is a great team and has a very special player too, so to come here and play as well as we did makes me very proud of this team. We learn more about ourselves every game and our reaction to giving up a goal on the team's first real effort says a lot about our steel. We found a way to win when it would have been so easy just to feel sorry for ourselves."
The Blue & Gray entered the scoring column in the 24th minute as senior Caitlin Farrell
(Wallingford, Conn. / Choate Rosemary Hall) gave Georgetown a 1-0 lead with the assist from junior Paula Germino-Watnick
(Chevy Chase, Md. / Bethesda-Chevy Chase). The goal marks Farrell's fourth of the season and Germino-Watnick's first assist during her junior campaign. Graduate student Kyra Carusa
(San Diego, Calif. / Del Norte / Stanford) scored the game-winning goal, her second straight, in overtime while taking a penalty kick for the Hoyas. Carusa scored the game-winner in Sunday's 2-1 victory over George Mason. This is the forward's fifth goal during the 2018 campaign.
Georgetown had control of the game during the entire first half. With a pressuring defense and an aggressive offense, the Blue & Gray took multiple shots in the beginning of the game until Farrell was able to find the back of the net in the 24th minute. Germino-Watnick found Farrell from midfield, and while Princeton's goalie Natalie Grossi stepped out of the goal to save the ball, Farrell took advantage of the open net and gave GU a 1-0 lead.
The Hoyas sought out many chances to score but could not capitalize on any shots. With five minutes left in the first half, junior Carson Nizialek
(Chantilly, Va. / Freedom) took a powerful shot from the top of the box that went high and deflected off of the top of Grossi's hands and went out of bounds.
The Tigers tied the game, 1-1, in the 68th minute by finding the left corner of the net past senior goalkeeper Arielle Schechtman
(Del Mar, Calif. / La Jolla Country Day / UCLA). The possession between the squads went back-and-forth during the remainder of regulation as both teams battled to score the go-ahead goal. With less than four minutes left in regulation, Carusa fired a shot towards Grossi but just missed the net. A corner kick was taken by GU in the 89th minute but Princeton's defense cleared the ball out of the box immediately.
As the teams went into overtime, the Blue & Gray kept possession of the ball for the majority of it. Freshman Boo Jackson
(Marlton, N.J. / Lenape Regional) dribbled the ball from the top of the box and fired a shot after stealing it from Princeton's defense. As Jackson's shot was saved by Grossi and deflected back to the Tigers, Farrell snuck behind Princeton and drove the ball towards the net and was fouled while taking a shot in the 18-yard box, which resulted in a penalty kick. Carusa was chosen to take the penalty kick in the 93rd minute and blasted the ball past Grossi, giving the Hoyas a 2-1 win.
GU outshot Princeton, 20-6, and did not allow the Tigers to take any shots in the first half. The Hoyas also took 11 corner kicks while Princeton did not take any. Grossi recorded nine saves at goal and Schechtman recorded two.
"Now it's onto Sunday to face a tough Columbia team," said Nolan. "It will be nice to get back on Shaw Field and the girls are excited for the chance to wrap up our nonconference schedule at home."
Next up, the Blue & Gray will host Columbia on Sunday, Sept. 16 at Shaw Field at 1 p.m. to wrap up nonconference play. Live stats, as well as a webcast featuring Monika Moore, will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.