Sep 4, 2013
No. 13 Georgetown scored two second half goals and posted an impressive road win, beating North Carolina State, 2-0, at Dail Soccer Field in Raleigh, N.C. Wednesday night.
It was the fifth-straight win to open the season for the Hoyas, who are now 5-0-0 overall. Georgetown, ranked No. 13 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and No. 14 by Soccer America, has won five-straight games to open the season for the third time in the last four years.
"This was a big win for us," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "Anytime you go on the road and come away win, it's big. When you go on the road and into ACC country, it's definitely a better feeling. We didn't have our best performance, but Audra came up with a great goal and KK made a great play for the second goal."
After a scoreless first half, the Hoyas jumped on top in the early portion of the second half when junior forward Audra Ayotte (Marlborough, Conn./RHAM) scored to give GU a 1-0 lead. Ayotte, who was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, dribbled up the left side of the field and through the Wolfpack defense before taking a shot that beat Mackenzie Stelljes at 59:10.
The Hoyas added a second goal in the 76th minute, taking advantage of a quick restart following an N.C. State foul. After being awarded a free kick just outside the box, senior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) quickly restarted the play, slotting a ball past an N.C. State defender to sophomore forward Sarah Adams (San Diego, Calif./Westview), who picked up the ball, took one step past a defender and took a shot that beat the out-stretched goalkeeper at 75:35, effectively sealing the win for the Blue & Gray.
Georgetown held an 18-11 advantage in shots, including an 11-4 edge in the second half. The Hoyas also held a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Junior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) made five saves, including two on the first half when N.C. State had solid scoring chances.
It was the third shutout of the season for the Georgetown defense, including back-to-back as the back line - anchored by senior captain Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), along with seniors Colleen Dinn (Kensington, Md./Holy Cross), Mary Kroening (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) and Alexa St. Martin (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) - limited the Wolfpack to four second half shots.
Georgetown returns home for a non-league matchup on Sunday, Sept. 8, hosting Delaware at Shaw Field. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m. Live video of the game will be available on the Georgetown Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Tom Kolker calling the action.