Going into Sunday’s match against Providence (7-4-0, 0-1 Big East), the Georgetown women’s soccer team (5-4-0, 1-0 Big East) had a record of 10-2-1 in its previous matchups with the team. Facing their first Big East Conference opponent, the Hoyas rose to the challenge, winning 2-1 in double overtime.
The Hoyas got on the board first with a goal in the 12th minute by sophomore midfielder Rachel Corboz, marking her third goal of the season. Corboz scored directly off a corner kick, which she hooked into the goal’s left side netting.
Georgetown held its lead until the 90th minute, when Providence senior forward Catherine Zimmerman evened the score by putting one in the back of the net, assisted by senior forward/midfielder Lauren Elia.
“To give up a goal with 45 seconds to go in regulation would kick the stuffing out of most teams, and I could sense that the girls were really frustrated because we’d had the game won,” Head Coach Dave Nolan said. “It was more of a situation where you have to give credit to Providence for not giving up and finding a way to score.”
The match then went into overtime, and the Hoyas were determined to pull out a win.
“We just knew . . . once the whistle blew and it was overtime, we kind of got together in a huddle and told ourselves that we aren’t going to come away from this game with a loss or a tie, that we’re going to come out there and win,” Corboz said.
With neither team able score in the first overtime — despite opportunities for Georgetown in the 92nd, 95th and 98th minutes — the game then went into a second overtime, during which Corboz was able to convert another opportunity and score her fourth goal of the season in the 105th minute.
“I honestly did not really care who scored . . . it was just important that we get that win,” Corboz said.
Georgetown allowed Providence no scoring opportunities in overtime.
“I thought in … both overtime periods, we were the team more likely to win than they were. We had two great opportunities in the first period … and then Rachel obviously, with a bit of quality scored a great direct free kick over the wall to win the game,” Nolan said.
Going forward from the victory over the Friars, the Hoyas are working toward gaining more opportunities from set pieces.
“First and foremost you need consistent delivery, so that if the players in the box challenging for the ball can somewhat rest assured that their chances of getting on a ball will be good … they have a greater chance of success, and we’ve been a little bit inconsistent with that,” Nolan said.
Georgetown led Providence in corner kick attempts 13-1, and had 14 shot attempts to Providence’s 10. Corboz’s second goal, scored during double overtime in the 105th minute, was also scored off a set piece, a free kick from 20 yards out.
Zimmerman’s goal, in the final minute of regulation, came just 15 seconds after a shot attempt by her teammate, senior forward/midfielder Courtney Maguire. Elia sent the ball to Zimmerman who placed it in the left corner of the net and forced the game into overtime after the Hoyas had held the lead for 79 minutes of the game.
Graduate student goalkeeper Emma Newins started in goal for Georgetown and recorded four saves. Junior goalkeeper Kristyn Shea matched Newins with four saves for Providence in her 104 minutes of play for the Friars. Newins was not challenged by Providence at all during overtime, while Shea faced five attempts by the Hoyas in her 15 minutes of overtime action.
The Hoyas played a physical game, recording 16 fouls, 8 of which occurred in the first half of play. The Friars committed 10 fouls, and each team received one yellow card. Georgetown was able to convert on one of these opportunities, leading to their victory, while Providence was not able to make any of Georgetown’s 16 fouls work in their favor.
This win is a great start for the Hoyas, who improved their record in Big East openers under Coach Nolan to 6-3-3 today. They are now undefeated in their conference opener over the last four years.
“I think it’s really important to … start it off on a high note. … Going into the conference with one win was really important for us because it kind of sets the standard for the rest of the season,” Corboz said.
Georgetown now looks ahead to Oct. 1, when they will play away at Villanova (1-9-0, 0-1), another Big East opponent. The Wildcats will be looking to come back from a 3-0 loss to Butler (8-3-1, 1-0) in their first Big East game. In last season’s matchup between Georgetown and Villanova, the two conference rivals finished in a 1-1 tie.
Kickoff against Villanova is set for 4 p.m.
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