WASHINGTON – Soccer is a game played over 90 minutes. Georgetown’s women spent 82 of those minutes on Sunday matching highly rated Stanford stride for stride amid sapping heat at Shaw Field.
Yet a humbling 8-minute spell shortly after halftime allowed the reigning Pac-12 Conference champion to return to Northern California with a 3-0 win that dropped the Hoyas to 1-1 on the opening weekend of the college season.
“The most dangerous moments in the game are either after a goal or right after the half,” said Georgetown’s head coach Dave Nolan after the game.
“Somehow they scrambled a goal and it kind of deflated us a little.”
Stanford forward Megan Turner broke the deadlock on 48 minutes after freshman Sam Tran’s mazy run created space in Georgetown’s penalty area. Jordan DiBiasi swept home Tran’s cutback to double the lead five minutes later. Kyra Carusa completed the scoring on 56 minutes by stabbing home a loose ball following Andi Sullivan’s corner kick.
“We wanted to measure ourselves against the best to see what we need to do to get there,” Nolan said.
“We have some work to do, but we learned a lot about ourselves today.”
There were plenty of positives for Nolan and his Hoyas to take from their performance. Sophomore goalkeeper Arielle Schechtman produced a handful of good saves in the first half to keep Stanford off the board while freshman defender Sarah Trissel showed early signs of forming an impressive center-back partnership with Lizzie Wenger.
Playmaker Rachel Corboz was largely subdued as the Cardinal dictated play with long stretches of patient possession. Caitlin Farrell carried much of Georgetown’s threat with her willingness to run at defenders down the right wing.
Getting numbers forward in support of Farrell and Amanda Carolan was a challenge for a Hoyas team spending large chunks of the defensive. Crystal Thomas fired off the hosts’ best efforts of the afternoon.
Thomas saw a low drive skip narrowly wide of Jane Campbell’s far post on 59 minutes before forcing Stanford’s goalkeeper into a good save with a similar shot three minutes later.
Georgetown returns to action Thursday against the University of Delaware at Shaw Field before hosting Colorado College next weekend.
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
Stanford (4-3-3): Jane Campbell – Beattie Goad, Alana Cook, Maddie Bauer, Logan Karam – Tierna Davidson, Andi Sullivan, Jordan DiBiasi – Megan Turner, Kyra Carusa, Sam Tran