WOMEN'S SOCCER | Ohio River Rivals Up Next
Published: Friday, October 5, 2012
Updated: Friday, October 5, 2012 00:10
Winners of five straight, the No. 11 Georgetown women’s soccer team (11-1-1, 5-0 Big East) is on the road this weekend for two key matchups as the regular season approaches its conclusion.
First up for Georgetown is Cincinnati (4-8-1, 1-5 Big East). The Bearcats have lost three straight, the last being a 5-0 shellacking at the hands of Marquette. Despite its porous record, Cincinnati has a decent 3-3 record at home and have yet to surrender more than two goals to any opponent at Gettler Stadium, the location of Friday’s showdown, with the Blue and Gray.
“[Gettler] is always a tough place to play,” Georgetown Head Coach Dave Nolan said. “The field is a little bit tight — it’s field turf — [and] their coach will have them fired up.”
Leading the way for the Bearcats is freshman forward Laura Rose, who has five goals on the season. The Hoyas’ defense, tied for first in the Big East with only nine goals allowed, should be up to the task.
“I’m expecting a real fight, because the reality is … with five conference games to go, they need to start winning, and their first game up is us,” Nolan said. “We’ll be a big scalp for them [being] No. 11 in the country, [so] those kids won’t need any motivation trying to save something from their season.”
The Blue and Gray then face Louisville (7-3-2, 2-2-2 Big East) Sunday in Kentucky. The Cardinals have won only one of their last four games, although that victory was a 6-0 romp over St. John’s. Louisville is led by junior midfielder Angelika Uremovich, who has exploded onto the scene with nine goals already this season.
In last year’s meeting with the Cardinals, the Hoyas suffered a disappointing 2-1 loss in double overtime, and Nolan hopes to avoid a similar fate.
“We were really disappointed last year in the Louisville game because we actually dominated the game. But they have one special player, [junior forward Christine Exeter,] and last year she had the season where everything went for her, and she scored two great goals against us. We could have done a little bit better [defensively], but she was strong enough and big enough to make the plays when it mattered.”
Exeter, who had a remarkable 14 goals last season, has struggled this year, tallying only one goal so far this fall. Still, Nolan is expecting Exeter and her teammates to come out swinging against the Hoyas.
“For them, they’re probably on the fringe from an NCAA point of view, and they’ll be looking for a big win over us because we would be a big win over a common opponent, a big RPI win, so I’m not expecting an easy game against Louisville,” he said.
Georgetown takes on Cincinnati tonight at 7 p.m. before traveling to Louisville, Ky. for the game on Sunday at 1 p.m.