Nov. 14, 2013
Providence, R.I. -
Four BIG EAST Conference women's soccer teams are making final preparations today as they ready for the opening round of the NCAA Division I Tournament, which kicks off this weekend at various campus locations across the country.
Leading the way is BIG EAST Tournament Champion Marquette, 18-3-0 overall, who earned a No. 2 seed. Also earning NCAA Tournament bids are Georgetown (15-2-2), who will be playing in its second-straight NCAA Tournament and for the third time in the last four years, DePaul (13-5-2), who advanced to the BIG EAST Tournament Championship game, and St. John's (11-5-3), a tournament semifinalist.
For the sixth consecutive year and 12th time in program history, the Marquette University women's soccer team will play in the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Eagles, ranked No. 6 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and No. 8 by Soccer America, will host Western Michigan (9-5-5) in the first round at Valley Fields.
Marquette is set to play in its 12th NCAA Tournament in program history. The Golden Eagles have received bids in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. They are 9-8-4 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, 7-3-1 in first round games, while advancing to the second round six times. MU has reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2005, 2010, and 2012.
After earning the No. 2 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament and losing in the semifinals, the Georgetown women's team is eager to get back on the pitch. The Hoyas will get that chance on Saturday, Nov. 17 when the team hosts Atlantic 10 Tournament Champion LaSalle (15-4-3). This will be the first-ever NCAA Tournament game hosted by the Georgetown women's team.
Georgetown, ranked among the top-20 teams in the country all season, set a school record with 15 wins in the regular season, posted nine shutouts and had a 7-1-1 record in the BIG EAST. Georgetown is led by a balanced attack on offense and defense, with the Hoyas ranked No. 3 in the country in scoring offense (2.95 goals per game) and No. 32 in the country in goals-against average (0.73).
The Hoyas are led by BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year Daphne Corboz, who has a team-best 27 points. Corboz, who was also an All-BIG EAST First Team selection and a candidate for the Hermann Trophy, has scored seven goals and has 13 assists. The Georgetown back line has been led by senior Emily Menges, the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and an All-BIG EAST First Team selection.
Georgetown made its first appearance in 2007, falling to William & Mary, 2-1, in the first round. In 2010, the Blue & Gray advanced to the Elite Eight after wins over Siena (5-1), Maryland (1-1 tie, a win in penalty kicks) and Minnesota (1-0). The run ended with a 2-0 loss to Ohio State. Last year, GU beat Virginia Tech, 3-2 in overtime in the first round, before losing to Baylor in the second round, a 2-1 overtime loss.
DePaul will compete in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history, drawing Big Ten foe Indiana (14-6-1) in the opening round. The match is set for 7 p.m. ET at the Hoosiers' Armstrong Stadium.
The Blue Demons, led by a defense that posted a BIG EAST-best 0.67 goals-against average overall and allowed only seven goals in conference games, advanced to the championship game of the tournament with a 1-0 win over No. 2 seed Georgetown before falling to Marquette in the finals. Sophomore Alex Godinez was named the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year and senior defender Kylie Nordness was an All-BIG EAST First Team selection.
This is the 10-year anniversary of the Julianne Sitch, Lindsey Deason DePaul team that won the Conference USA Championship and dropped a 2-1 decision to Purdue in the NCAA opener.
After a three-year hiatus, St. John's is back in the NCAA Tournament. In yet another season marked by both individual and team milestones, the 2013 edition of the Red Storm has made history once again, earning the program's second-ever NCAA Tournament bid in the program's 27th year of existence. St. John's will face UCF on Saturday at 7 p.m.
In 2009, St. John's earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth after compiling a 13-6-2 record and posting the second-most wins in program history, one short of tying the record set in 1994. The Red Storm battled Virginia to a double-overtime scoreless tie at Jeffrey Field on the campus of Penn State on Nov. 13 before the Cavaliers advanced to the NCAA Second Round on penalty kicks. That season, St. John's also advanced to the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals, losing a closely-decided contest in overtime to Notre Dame by a score of 2-1.
The 2013 campaign has also seen members of Red Storm reach great individual heights. Sophomore forward Rachel Daly marked a historic season by being named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year by a vote of the league's head coaches. The conference's and nation's leading scorer as of Nov. 7, Daly was also named a unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team and is only the second St. John's women's soccer student-athlete to earn a BIG EAST major award and the first to be awarded two in the same year. Daly was a unanimous selection for both major accolades and in her first season with the Red Storm set all-time single season points (47) and goals (22) records, both previously held by St. John's great Cristin Burtis.
Joining Daly as an All-BIG EAST First Team selection was junior defender Georgia Kearney-Perry, while senior midfielder Amy Marron was named to the Second Team and freshman goalie Diana Poulin was named to the Third Team.