After winning its first-ever NCAA post-season game against Siena on Friday, the Georgetown women’s soccer team kicked it up a notch against Maryland to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
The Hoyas rode the momentum of a 5-1 drubbing into Sunday’s beltway battle against the Terrapins at Ludwig Field on Maryland’s campus. The Terrapins ranked 6th in nation and were heavily favored entering the contest, but their pedigree wasn’t enough against the Hoyas’ experience and tenacity.
Junior forward Camille Trujillo scored the first goal of the game early in the second half to give Georgetown an initial edge. However, the lead didn’t last long, as Maryland’s Sade Ayinde scored in the 65th minute. From then, the Hoyas were constantly on the attack, providing Maryland goalie Yewande Balogun with all she could handle. The onslaught included a shot off the crossbar and four corner kicks in a two minute span, but regulation ended in a tie.
Both teams had chances in the two overtime periods, but their inability to score led to penalty kicks. Georgetown senior goalkeeper Jackie DesJardin stepped up during the do-or-die penalties, saving two shots as her teammates did more than enough to make sure her efforts were not wasted. After successful shots by Ingrid Wells, Kaitlin Brenn, and Samantha Baker, the upset was cemented by Maryland’s Ashley Grove shot off the post. The final shootout score was 3-2.
Georgetown’s historic win means the team’s season isn’t over yet. Next Saturday, they travel to chilly Great Lakes region for a matchup against the Minnesota Gophers, who beat Texas A&M in the previous round.