Sept. 19, 2013
WASHINGTON - The tenth-ranked Georgetown women's soccer team scored midway through the first half, Central Florida countered later in the first half and the two teams spent the second half and two overtime periods battling back and forth before settling for a 1-1 double overtime draw in a non-league game at Shaw Fieldon Thursdayafternoon.
The tie leaves Georgetown, ranked No. 10 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and No. 10 bySoccer America, with a 7-0-1 record, while the Knights fall to 6-2-1 overall. The tie extends Georgetown's unbeaten streak at home to 17 games, dating back to the 2011 season.
It was a back and forth contest between the teams, with UCF holding an 11-10 advantage in shots and the Hoyas holding an 8-4 edge in corner kicks.
"It was a really good game," Georgetown Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "The neutral fans probably loved it, but both coaches probably had heart attacks at some points. "They're a very good team. At the end of the season, they're going to be an NCAA team. They gave us plenty of problems and we gave them plenty of problems. We could have easily won it, and they could have easily won it. It's one of those games where a draw is probably a fair result."
The Hoyas had the advantage in the early moments, with three corner kicks in the first four minutes of action. A kick from of junior midfielderDaphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills)was headed by senior midfielderKailey Blain (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack)in the second minute but was saved by UCF goalkeeper Lianne Maldonado.
Georgetown continued to press midway through the half and a shot in the box from seniorMary Kroening (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury)was saved by Maldonado. After a shot from UCF's Sophie Howard was saved by Georgetown goalkeeperEmma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run), the Hoyas countered.
Corboz sent a cross from the near sideline to Blain on the far side of the box and Blain's blast from 12 yards out beat Maldonado at 24:03, giving GU the 1-0 lead.
UCF's best chance in the first half came when Tatiana Coleman sent a cross from the near end-line to the front of the box and the Knights' Lena Petermann headed it, but it went wide. The Knights tied the game in the 42nd minute when a foul was called in the box on Georgetown seniorColleen Dinn (Kensington, Md./Holy Cross). Coleman took the penalty kick and beat Newins at 41:09, tying the game.
Georgetown had the run of play through the early portion of the second half. A shot from Dinn was saved by Maldonado and a blast from Corboz in the 65th minute on the near side right wing was blocked.
The teams went back and forth through the remaining 25 minutes of regulation before heading to overtime. In the first overtime period, shots from UCF's Sophie Howard went high and one from Jennifer Martin was saved by Newins.
Georgetown had the best chance to end the game in the second overtime period when a shot from seniorKaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J.Somerville)was saved and deflected up and a header from sophomoreMarina Paul (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Laguna Beach)right in front of the goal was saved by Maldonado.
The Blue & Gray hit the road this weekend, traveling to play former BIG EAST Conference rival UConn. Kickoff onSunday, Sept. 22is slated for1 p.m.
"It's going to be another dog fight," Nolan said. "They're a very good team and they play a unique style and a unique system. It's going to be another tough game."