WOMEN'S SOCCER | GU's Win Streak Ends
Published: Friday, September 20, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013 01:09
For the first time in the 2013 season, the No. 10 Georgetown women’s soccer team concluded a game without a victory, tying the University of Central Florida by a final score of 1-1 Thursday afternoon.
Georgetown (7-0-1) entered the match having won its previous 16 games at Shaw Field and having posted shutouts in their past four matches. Nevertheless, Georgetown knew that UCF (6-2-1), who was ranked 21st in the country preseason, would likely be the best team they had played thus far this year.
UCF wasted no time flashing their skill after the opening kick. Immediately forcing the Hoyas back on their heels, the Knights displayed a physicality and speed that Georgetown had not yet seen this season.
“They’re good strong physical kids that can play,” said Head Coach Dave Nolan. “They’re not just big thugs that bash you.”
The UCF attack, spearheaded by forwards freshman Lena Petermann and junior Tatiana Coleman, proved to be a handful all afternoon for the experienced Georgetown defense.
“The thing about their offense is that they’re all so fast,” senior defender Emily Menges said. “We’re obviously not a big defense, and they were just so tall.”
Georgetown did not back down from the challenge. As the first half wore on and the Hoyas grew accustomed to the match’s pace, the Blue and Gray began to create some chances, finally getting on the board in the 25th minute.
Big East Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Daphne Corboz, who got her first start of the season, wove through the middle of the Knights’ defense and picked out a streaking Kailey Blain. The senior midfielder received the pass from Corboz and calmly slid the ball past UCF senior goalkeeper Lianne Maldonado to give the Hoyas a 1-0 lead.
The lead, however, did not last long. Menges said after the game that the Hoyas’ goal was to limit the Knights’ set pieces, but with just under four minutes remaining in the first half ,Georgetown conceded the most dangerous set piece possible — a penalty kick.
The foul occurred after Petermann received a pass along the end line just inside the 18-yard box and was immediately double teamed by seniors Alexa St. Martin and Colleen Dinn. As Petermann attempted to spin her way through the defenders, she was tripped by Dinn. The referee called the foul and Coleman stepped to the spot for the Knights. Georgetown goalkeeper Emma Newins dove right and Coleman blasted the ball up the middle to tie the game.
That would be the final goal of the match. In the second half and subsequent overtime, both ratcheted up the intensity and had quality chances, but no one could find the back of the net.
“I think both coaches probably had a couple of heart attacks,” Nolan said. “They’re a really good team. I think at the end of the season they’re going to be a team that’s an NCAA team, they’re going to be a team that’s a top-20 team.”
“This was definitely the best team we’ve faced thus far,” she said.
Considering the competiveness of the match and quality chances generated by both sides, a draw was a fitting outcome.
“We could’ve won it easily, and they could’ve won it easily,” Nolan said. “It’s one of those where draw is probably a fair result.”
The match marked the end of a three-game homestand for Georgetown, who will travel to Storrs, Conn, on Sunday to face former Big East rival UConn (5-3).
In the teams’ last meeting as league-mates, Georgetown took a 4-0 win over the Huskies. UConn comes in having won five of their past six games, and although Georgetown is the higher ranked team, the Huskies have shown that they can play with the best in the country, having respectably lost a game to No. 2 Stanford 1-0 earlier this season.
“It’s going to be another dogfight,” Nolan said. “They play a unique style and they play a unique system. They’ve got two kids up front that really are a handful and Storrs is never an easy place to go.”
It will be the final out-of-conference match of the regular season for the Hoyas. Big East play opens up next Thursday with a home tilt against DePaul.