WOMEN'S SOCCER | Delaware Up Next For Undefeated Hoyas
Published: Friday, September 6, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 6, 2013 02:09
The Georgetown women’s soccer team (5-0, 0-0 Big East), fresh off a 2-0 victory over N.C. State (4-1, 0-0 ACC) in Raleigh on Wednesday night, will return to the Hilltop this Sunday for a 4 p.m. kickoff against Delaware (0-3, 0-0 CAA).
The game will be a rematch of an early season contest last year that the Hoyas took 2-0.
“That was a very difficult game,” Head Coach Dave Nolan said. “They gave us a lot of trouble; we got a couple of good goals at crucial moments, but it was a real tough contest.”
Scoring and assisting on the two goals Georgetown scored last year was then sophomore midfielder Daphne Corboz. This Sunday, however, the Hoyas will be without the services of Corboz, who was named preseason Big East offensive player of the year. The junior has been battling an injury that has kept her off the pitch all season.
Her absence has been difficult to deal with.
“I don’t know if there’s a team in the country that could lose a player of her quality and still perform at the same level,” Nolan said.
Thus far, howe, Georgetown seems to be doing a good job of filling in for Corboz’s lost production. In their previous four games, the Hoyas have scored two, four, three and five goals. Nolan, however, insists that the Blue and Gray’s success is about more than simply replacing their star.
“I think [the recent offensive success] has more to do with the creative ability of the players individually,” Nolan said. “With [Corboz] not being on the field now, our players are forced to use their other ways of playing to get us some goals.”
For Delaware, the 2013 campaign has gotten off to a rough start. Despite finishing last year a game over .500, the Blue Hens are still looking for their first win of the season.
Records, however, can be deceiving; Delaware’s first three losses of the season have all come by one goal —something Nolan is quick to point out.
“If you look at their other games, they’ve all been tight contests,” Nolan said. “You don’t know if that’s a situation where they’ve had a couple of bodies out, or if they’re still trying to fit together the pieces of the puzzle.”
When the Hoyas and the Blue Hens meet on Monday, Nolan is confident that the two teams’ records will not be on his squad’s mind.
“I think the kids will remember [the 2-0 victory last year] more than focus on the start that Delaware is off to this year,” Nolan said.
Nolan, as always, wants his squad to be more concentrated on their own play, rather than the record of their opponent.
“We never worry so much about what the other team does; we want to make sure we do what we do well,” Nolan said.