Many things stopped for Hurricane Sandy: campus was closed, classes were cancelled, and parts of the New York City subway system shut down for the first time in its history. But has the Georgetown women’s soccer team slowed their roll in the Big East? Not a chance.
The Hoyas were out in full force on Sunday as they beat DePaul University 1-0 at North Kehoe Field in the quarterfinal match of the Big East tournament. Players and officials alike kept an eye on the sky as the Hoyas opened with aggressive play, winning two free kicks in the opening three minutes of the game.
Georgetown’s goal would come in the ninth minute when Daphne Corboz delivered the Hoyas’ third corner kick. Her delivery found its way to freshman midfielder Marina Paul. Paul promptly headed the ball into the box and junior forward Colleen Dinn knocked the ball into the net using the back of her head.
Try as they might, the Hoyas couldn’t capitalize on any of the other chances they created during the first half. A notable miss came in the 17th minute when Corboz had a soaring shot saved by DePaul goalkeeper Megan Pyrz. Pyrz again denied her in the 30th minute.
DePaul only managed one decent effort on goal when Amber Paul took a shot that was easily saved by goalkeeper Emma Newins. Their lack of chances carried over into the second half where Georgetown outshot DePaul 7-3. Sophomore Jessica Clinton and junior Mary Kroening would both see attempts on goal come to nothing.
Overall, Georgetown outshot DePaul 14-4, and had an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks. Newins, a redshirt freshman goalkeeper, finished the game with three saves.
The win against DePaul improves Georgetown’s record to 15-2-2 overall. Georgetown is currently the number one seed in the National Division. Winning the Big East tournament quarterfinal advances them to the semifinals for the second year in a row. The Hoyas will square off against South Florida, who recently defeated Louisville 4-3 on penalties. The game against USF, the number two seed in the American Division, will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network at 6:30 today.
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