Sep 1, 2013
Georgetown University Head Women's Soccer Coach Dave Nolan has been asking his team to perform better each time the Hoyas have been on the field this season. Nolan's team responded with such a performance on a hot and sticky Sunday afternoon, as Georgetown scored two goals in each half en route to a 4-0 win over VCU at Shaw Field.
It was the fourth-straight win for Georgetown, ranked No.13 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and No. 14 by Soccer America, who improved to 4-0-0. The Rams fall to 1-3-0 overall.
"VCU is a good team and they have some very dangerous players," Nolan said afterward. "The two kids up front are a real handful. In the first 15 minutes, they gave us some trouble, but Emily (Menges) and Alexa (St. Martin) did a really good job in zoning in on where they were and always being around there. We started to stop their service in to them and that was important."
The Rams came out strong, had a corner kick in the opening minute of play, a shot from Courtney Conrad in the second minute was saved by junior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) and another one in the third minute from Sharon Wojick went high.
After the opening run from VCU, the Blue & Gray began to maintain control and took a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute when junior Vanessa Skrumbis (Encino, Calif./Sierra Canyon) tapped in a shot from in front of the net at 30:35. Senior Kailey Blain (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack) headed the ball from the right side of the box to Skrumbis after a cross from the near sideline from senior Katilin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville).
Just before the end of the half, the Hoyas were awarded a corner kick and freshman Zoe Park (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) sent the ball toward the edge of the box to senior Colleen Dinn (Kensington, Md./Holy Cross). Dinn sent a cross to the center of the box where Skrumbis headed it past Emma Kruse at 43:44, giving the Hoyas a 2-0 lead.
Georgetown continued to attack in the second half, with a shot from sophomore Sarah Adams
(San Diego, Calif./Westview) going just wide. Less than a minute later, junior Audra Ayotte
(Marlborough, Conn./RHAM) took a feed from junior Jessica Clinton
(Avon, Mass./Thayer Academy) at the edge of the box, made a move past a VCU defender and blasted a shot from about 16 yards out that beat Kruse to the lower near post at 46:21.
The Hoyas continued to pepper VCU in the offensive third, with a shot from freshman Emily Morgan (Chester Springs, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) going just high and one from Brenn saved.
The lead grew to 4-0 in the 65th minute when Brenn took a feed from the box of the box from Ayotte and her shot from 12 yards out beat Kruse at 65;14.
"I told them after the game that the result was great but I've been after them all year to perform better and each time we get on the field to make our performances much sharper," Nolan said. "I thought we did that today."
Georgetown out-shot VCU, 17-7, including a 9-2 advantage in the second half and held a 6-5 advantage in corner kicks. Newins made one save for the Hoyas and sophomore Lauren Trower (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) played the last nine-plus minutes in goal.
The Hoyas are back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 4, visiting North Carolina State in a non-league game in Raleigh, N.C.