No. 10 Georgetown Hosts Central Florida on Thursday Afternoon at Shaw Field

The Georgetown University women's soccer team closes out a three-game homestand on Thursday, Sept. 19, hosting the University of Central Florida.  Kickoff at Shaw Field is slated for 3 p.m.

The Georgetown University women's soccer team closes out a three-game homestand on Thursday, Sept. 19, hosting the University of Central Florida. Kickoff at Shaw Field is slated for 3 p.m.

Sept. 18, 2013

WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's soccer team closes out a three-game homestand on Thursday, Sept. 19, hosting the University of Central Florida. Kickoff at Shaw Field is slated for 3 p.m.

The game will be broadcast live on the Georgetown Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Tom Kolker providing all of the play-by-play.

Georgetown is ranked No. 10 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and No. 10 in the Soccer America poll.

The Hoyas improved to 7-0-0 last Friday with an 8-0 win over Yale. The 7-0-0 start marks the second time in four years (2010) that the Blue & Gray have started a season with seven-straight wins. The eight goals scored by the Hoyas were a season-high and the most by a Hoya team since last year, when the team twice scored eight goals in a game, first in an 8-0 win over Seton Hall on Sept. 14 and then an in an 8-0 win over Pittsburgh on Sept. 30.

Georgetown's win over Yale was the team's fifth-straight at home and extended their home winning streak to 16 games, dating back to the 2011 season.

The Hoyas have been led by a balanced attack on offense and a stingy defense. The Blue & Gray lead the BIG EAST, and rank No. 3 nationally, in scoring offense with 3.86 goals per game. The defense has been stingy, recording five shutouts and carrying a 0.44 goals-against average, which ranks No. 19 in the country.

The offensive attack, aided last Friday by the return of junior midfielder Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills), the BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and a 2012 First Team All-American, has been spread, with 13 players scoring at least one goal and 15 players with at least one point.

Corboz, who missed the first five games this season, was named the BIG EAST's Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after scoring two goals and recording three assists in her first extensive action of the season, playing 38 minutes. In two games for a combined 66 minutes, Corboz has two goals and four assists for eight points.

 

 

Junior Audra Ayotte (Marlborough, Conn./RHAM) and senior forward Katilin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville), a Preseason 2013 All-BIG EAST First Team selection, lead the team in scoring with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Ayotte has three goals and a team-leading seven assists, while Brenn has scored four goals and has four assists.

The defensive unit has been led by junior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run), the BIG EAST Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year, who has five shutouts and has made 11 saves.

She plays behind a back-line that is deep and experienced, with senior captain Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) anchoring a line that includes classmates Colleen Dinn (Kensington, Md./Holy Cross), Mary Kroening (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) and Alexa St. Martin (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy). They have combined 288 games played and 198 starts entering this weekend.

UCF enters the non-league matchup with a 6-2-0 overall record. The Golden Knights, who are receiving votes in the NSCAA poll and were ranked in the preseason, have won four-straight games and one of their only two losses was a 1-0 overtime decision at then-No. 3 Florida State. Junior forward Tatiana Coleman leads the team with six goals and one assist for 13 points.