WASHINGTON – Dave Nolan’s Georgetown team came up short from the penalty spot when it most mattered last November as the Hoyas were eliminated from the early rounds of the BIG EAST and NCAA tournaments via shootouts.
Putting solid runs together in both competitions is Georgetown’s target again this year. The first step on that journey was Friday’s 6-0 win over 10-man Towson University at Shaw Field that featured a first-half hat trick from midfielder Rachel Corboz.
It took nine minutes of the new season for the Hoyas to return to the penalty spot after Towson defender Alexis Toles committed a last-man foul on Amanda Carolan. Toles was shown a red card before Corboz converted her kick.
Georgetown set a single-season record of 16 wins in 2012 and matched that tally the following year with current Manchester City midfielder Daphne Corboz emerging as one of the top talents in the college game. Younger sister Rachel began her junior year in sparkling form after leading the team in goals and assists last season.
Corboz could have doubled the lead on 19 minutes when she whacked a left-foot free kick off the post from 25 yards. She made it 2-0 from similar range on 31 minutes after working a short corner with Crystal Thomas before sending a looping shot into Towson goalkeeper Emma Burnett’s far corner.
Burnett was having a torrid time dealing with Corboz’s inswinging corner kicks from both wings. Her inability to grab one such delivery on 36 minutes resulted in Casey Richards firing home a loose ball to increase Georgetown’s lead to three.
Corboz completed her hat trick from a yard out one minute later after Burnett struggled to gather another cross.
Grace Damaska and Carson Nizialek added further goals for the Hoyas late in the second half as both teams wilted amid temperatures in the low 90s.
Dublin, Ireland native Nolan has been at the Hoyas helm for 12 years now after serving as Diane Drake’s assistant for five seasons. He steered the Blue-and-Gray to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2007 and the Elite Eight stage of the national knockout competition three years later.
Sunday’s clash with Stanford, the No. 5 ranked program in the country according to the NSCAA’s preseason poll, will give a truer test of how Nolan and his players can expect to shape up this year.
Georgetown (4-2-3-1): Arielle Schechtman – Corey Delaney, Sarah Trissel, Elizabeth Wenger, Drew Topor – Taylor Pak, Chloe Knott – Grace Damaska, Rachel Corboz, Caitlin Farrell – Amanda Carolan
Towson (4-3-3): Emma Burnett – Danielle Gardner, Kristyn Hubbard, Alexis Toles, Xavia Lemott – Marissa Green, Sarah Quick, Emily Marshall – Natalia Pinkney, Izzy Latour, McKenzie McCaull