No. 10 Georgetown Hosts DePaul in BIG EAST Conference Opener on Thursday

No. 10 Georgetown hosts DePaul in the BIG EAST Conference opener on Thursday afternoon.

No. 10 Georgetown hosts DePaul in the BIG EAST Conference opener on Thursday afternoon.

Sept. 25, 2013

WASHINGTON - The No. 10-ranked Georgetown University women's soccer team returns home for the first of two BIG EAST Conference games, starting on Thursday, Sept. 26 when the team hosts DePaul. Kickoff for at Shaw Field is slated for 3 p.m.

A live broadcast of the game will be available on the Georgetown Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Ryan Sakamoto calling all of the action.

The Hoyas improved to 8-0-1 this season with a 2-1 win at Connecticut on Sunday, capping off a 1-0-1 week that included a double overtime draw with Central Florida (1-1) on Thursday at home. GU is ranked No. 10 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and No. 8 by Soccer America.

The nine-game unbeaten streak marks the second time in program history that GU has started the season unbeaten in nine-straight games. The last time that was accomplished was when the 2008 team was unbeaten in 10-straight games.

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. 5 nationally, in scoring offense with 3.33 goals per game. The defense has been stingy, recording five shutouts and carrying a 0.56 goals-against average, which ranks No. 25 in the country.

Junior women's soccer players Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills) and Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) were selected to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday. Corboz scored a goal and had an assist in two games last week. She assisted senior Kailey Blain (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack) in the team's only goal in the 1-1 draw with Central Florida. The midfielder followed that up by scoring GU's first goal in the 2-1 win over the Huskies on Sunday.

 

 

Selected as the BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and a candidate for the Hermann Trophy recognizing the national player of the year, Corboz missed the first five games of the season but has come back in the last three to score four goals and register five assists for 13 points, second on the team in scoring. She was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 16.

Newins recorded 11 saves in the two games last week, including six at UConn. She has posted an 8-0-1 record this season with a 0.49 goals-against average and five shutouts, which is tied for the conference lead. Newins was the preseason pick as the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year.

Senior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) leads the team in scoring with six goals and four assists for 16 points, while Corboz is second with 13 points. Junior forward Audra Ayotte (Marlborough, N.J./RHAM) is third on the team in scoring with 12 points, including a team-best eight assists. Ayotte leads the BIG EAST in assists and is tied for No. 3 in the country in that category.

The Hoya offense has been spread out, with 13 players scoring at least one goal and 15 players with at least one point.

Newins 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 296 games played and 206 starts entering this weekend.

Georgetown and DePaul have played nine times prior to Thursday's match, with the Hoyas holding a 7-2-0 advantage. GU has won the last four meetings, including a pair of 1-0 victories last season, both at home. In the first game, junior Vanessa Skrumbis (Encino, Calif./Sierra Canyon) scored the decisive goal while Dinn scored the winning goal in the final meeting.