Aug 22, 2013
The Georgetown University women's soccer team opens the 2013 regular season on Friday, Aug. 23, hosting William & Mary at Shaw Field. Kickoff on the Hilltop is scheduled for 4 p.m. The season opener will be shown live on the Georgetown Athletics website, www.guhoyas.com, with Tom Kolker calling all of the action. Tune in for the pre-game show at 3:50 p.m. and continue watching throughout the weekend for full coverage.
Head Coach Dave Nolan and the Hoyas enter the 2013 season with an experienced lineup that features the BIG EAST Conference Preseason Offensive, Defensive and Goalkeeper of the Year, respectively. The Blue & Gray return nine of 11 starters from a team that reached the second round the NCAA Tournament and set a school record with 16 wins.
Georgetown was picked to finish in second place in the BIG EAST Conference's preseason poll, receiving four first place votes. The Hoyas have also received preseason national rankings, appearing at No. 14 in the Soccer America poll and at No. 16 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Top Drawer Soccer.com polls, respectively.
The Hoyas enjoyed one of the most successful seasons in program history in 2012, setting a school record with 16 wins. The Blue & Gray finished with a 16-4-3 overall record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Along the way, the team posted an 8-1-1 record in the BIG EAST Conference and won the BIG EAST National Division title.
The Hoyas are led by junior midfielder Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills) and senior defender Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), who were both among a group of 31 women's soccer players selected as potential candidates for the 2013 Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) Hermann Trophy. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in college soccer and is presented annually to one male and one female athlete.
Corboz was selected as the BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while Menges was tabbed the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and junior goalkeeper Emma Newins
(Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) was tabbed the Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year.
Corboz, a midfielder, was named the 2012 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year after a record-setting season for the Hoyas. Overall, Corboz set a Georgetown single-season record with 44 points scored. She scored a school single-season record 18 goals while adding eight assists. Corboz ranked 11th in the country in points per game (1.91), 10th in goals per game and was tied for seventh in goals scored overall (18). In 10 BIG EAST Conference games, she tallied a league-high 27 points and 12 goals. Corboz, who scored at least one point in six league games, set a BIG EAST record with 11 points in an 8-0 win at Pittsburgh on Sept. 30, scoring five goals.
She was selected a First Team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) at the end of the season and was one of 15 semifinalists for the Hermann Trophy.
A three-year starter on defense, Menges helped to spearhead a Georgetown defensive unit that ranked among the stingiest in the BIG EAST and in the country. The Hoyas allowed only two goals in 10 conference games last season and ranked ninth in the country in goals-against average (0.70). Menges was an All-BIG EAST First Team selection in 2012.
This will be the eighth all-time meeting between Georgetown and William & Mary. The Tribe lead the head-to-head series, 7-0, and posted a 3-1 win in the last meeting between the teams, during the 2011 season. Nolan has an all-time record of 8-0-1 in season openers, while Georgetown is 14-5-1 all-time in season openers.
The season-opening weekend continues on Sunday, Aug. 25, with the team hosting Quinnipiac at Shaw Field for a noon kickoff.