FILE PHOTO: SARI FRANKEL/THE HOYA Freshman midfielder Marina Paul (5) had an assist in Georgetown's 2-0 win over GW.
FILE PHOTO: SARI FRANKEL/THE HOYA
Freshman midfielder Marina Paul (5) had an assist in Georgetown’s 2-0 win over GW.

Although the Hoyas were scoreless on 11 shots in the first half, two good ones after the intermission let Georgetown break open the women’s soccer season opener and defeat George Washington, 2-0.

The Blue and Gray, who saw six seniors graduate from last year’s squad, were not consistently sharp against the Colonials in Friday’s 91-degree heat. But in the end, it was the second-half goals, one from junior forward ColleenDinn and one from freshman midfielder Marina Paul, that counted.

“The performance was OK. I thought we could have played a bit better, but it’s hot, and competitive games have more edge than exhibition games. I really can’t complain, because we weren’t really in trouble,” Head Coach Dave Nolan told guhoyas.com after the game.

Georgetown put up 11 shots and seven corner kicks in the first half, while GW managed to fire off only two shots. But the solid first-half play of the Colonials’ goalie, junior Nicole Ulrick, prevented any of those attempts from making it on the scoreboard.

Once Ulrick came out of the game and Georgetown emerged from the locker room, however, it was a different story.

Dinn scored the first goal in the 56th minute off an assist from sophomore forward Jessica Clinton, who passed the ball from the top of the box. Sophomore midfielder Daphne Corboz also earned an assist on the play, which she started by getting the ball ahead to Clinton.

Dinn struck again on the second goal, when she sent the ball to Paul, who scored for her first time in college on the Hoyas’ second and final goal of the game.

Hamstrung by the Blue and Gray’s defense, the Colonials managed only five shots the entire game. Redshirt freshman goalie Emma Newins successfully deflected all of them, earning three saves on the afternoon.

“It’s a good game, because with winning comes confidence, and we do miss a lot and graduate a lot. This team needs to form its own identity, and people need to step up,” Nolan said. “Every time you find a way to win a game, it gives kids a little bit more confidence.”

Up next for Georgetown is a road trip to face Delaware on Sunday at 1 p.m. After Friday’s game, Nolan noted that the Blue Hens are a bit fresher than the Hoyas but hoped that cooling temperatures would help lift his team on Sunday.

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