The Georgetown women’s soccer team graduated a loaded senior class last spring — the driving force behind its 30 wins over the last two years. As such, no one would have been surprised if the team had started slow this fall.

Based on early results, it looks like Kaitlin Brenn and the Hoyas didn’t get that memo.

Georgetown (4-0) won both its games at last weekend’s JMU Invitational behind two goals from the junior forward, defeating James Madison on Friday and Hofstra on Sunday.

Brenn, junior defender Emily Menges, sophomore midfielder Daphne Corboz and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Emma Newins were named to the all-tournament team following the Hoyas’ undefeated weekend in Harrisonburg, Va.

Friday’s match against the hosts was a scoreless defensive battle until the 81st minute, when Brenn intercepted an attempted clear from JMU redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Kate Courter and drilled a 23-yarder to give the Hoyas the lead for good.

“Kaitlin still had so much work to do, even after the misclear,” Head Coach Dave Nolan said. “She did what, in many ways, only she can do for us. She struck a ball in just the place where the keeper couldn’t get it.”

The Georgetown defense, led by strong efforts from Newins and Menges, went on to tally its third consecutive shutout to start the year.

The Blue and Gray had one day off before returning to the field for a showdown with Hofstra. Brenn picked up Sunday where she had left off Friday, nailing a 12-yarder off an assist from sophomore forward Jessica Clinton in the 15th minute.

Corboz extended the lead with a corner strike in the 71st minute, but it was the strong Hoya defensive effort leading up to the goal, including solid goalkeeping, that earned the coach’s praise.

“We got some great performances in the back from Emma,” Nolan said. “The back had some especially nice play behind Emily and [junior midfielder] Alexa [St. Martin].”

Hofstra sophomore midfielder Sam Scolarici headed a ball past Newins with just over 10 minutes to play, spoiling the clean sheet and ending what had been a perfect season for the sophomore through nearly four games. The Hoyas held on for the rest of the game, though, and left Harrisonburg with a 2-1 win.

“It was a big win against a very good team,” Nolan said. “Credit to Hofstra — they just kept fighting and hanging in there. They got one late, and then it was a nervy last six or seven minutes, but it was a pretty impressive win against another good team.”

Georgetown will play host to two Ivy League schools next weekend, when Cornell (0-0) and Columbia (0-0) come to North Kehoe Field for the D.C. Invitational.

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