WASHINGTON – Georgetown progressed to the third round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Tournament on Friday afternoon with a 2-0 win against Rutgers at Shaw Field that echoed Sunday’s first-round victory over St. Francis (Pa.).
Junior midfielder Rachel Corboz conjured up the through pass to allow Georgetown to take a first-half lead before supplying an inswinging corner after the interval for Marina Paul to seal the game. The only difference was redshirt freshman forward Amanda Carolan tucking away the first goal as opposed to Grace Damaska finding Sunday’s opener.
The No. 2 seeded Hoyas (18-2-3) host Virginia on Sunday at noon after the Cavaliers (15-4-2) ousted defending champion Penn State by 3-0 in Friday’s early game at Georgetown University.
“One-nothing was just about fair,” said Hoyas head coach Dave Nolan after the game. “We knew at some point Rutgers would come at as with a little bit of fight.
“For us it was a matter of getting the second goal to kill the game.”
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Nolan named the same 11 starters that had spent the past two Sundays beating Marquette to clinch the Big East Championship title before cruising past St. Francis in the NCAA Tournament’s opening round.
Rutgers’ starting lineup included six of head coach Mike O’Neill’s players that featured in last year’s College Cup semifinal loss to Penn State.
Neither goalkeeper saw much action in the opening stages as the teams scrapped for supremacy. Hoyas midfielder Chloe Knott injected some drive for the hosts with an interception and forceful run that led to an early corner kick. Rutgers defender Kenie Wright displayed similar tenacity in her early tussles to subdue Hoyas winger Caitlin Farrell.
Georgetown’s opener on 19 minutes was a goal made in New Jersey. Green Brook native Corboz collected a loose ball in midfield before threading an inviting pass behind the Scarlet Knights’ defense for Carolan to chase. An impressive burst of speed from the center forward from Bayville saw her accelerate past Amanda Visco before planting an unerring shot inside Alana Jimenez’ far corner.
Visco’s uncomfortable period was prolonged four minutes later when her intended pass struck Crystal Thomas on the halfway line. Thomas set off for goal, reaching the 18-yard box before firing in a shot that forced Jimenez into a save.
Georgetown’s soaring height gives the Hoyas a constant threat from set plays that had seen Paul find the net three times this season coming into Friday’s game. The graduate defender nodded a Corboz corner kick over the bar on the half-hour before guiding a deep free kick narrowly wide of the far post three minutes later.
Drew Topor’s wayward cross rebounded against the goal frame on 59 minutes as the hosts searched for the insurance goal. Rutgers responded by forcing Hoyas goalkeeper Arielle Schechtman into her first save of the afternoon four minutes later to thwart a 25-yard shot from Jennifer Andresen.
Corboz almost doubled her team’s lead on 70 minutes, sending a fierce shot narrowly over the bar after playing a short corner with Thomas. A more conventional delivery two minutes later saw Paul direct another effort off target.
Paul’s persistent threat paid off with eight minutes remaining. She sent a strong header powering toward Jimenez. The goalkeeper could not prevent the ball from crossing her goal line despite getting two hands behind it.
Sunday’s contest marks a rematch of the thrilling encounter served up by Georgetown and Virginia on Sept. 11 at Shaw Field. Veronica Latsko and Taylor Ziemer gave the Cavaliers a two-goal lead within the opening nine minutes before Taylor Pak, Carolan and Corboz replied before half-time in the Hoyas’ pulsating 3-2 win.
Georgetown (4-2-3-1): Arielle Schechtman – Corey Delaney, Marina Paul, Elizabeth Wenger, Drew Topor – Taylor Pak, Chloe Knott – Grace Damaska, Rachel Corboz, Caitlin Farrell – Amanda Carolan
Rutgers (4-2-3-1): Alana Jimenez – Kenie Wright, Chantelle Swaby, Amanda Visco, Erin Smith – Jennifer Andresen, Tori Prager – Madison Tiernan, Nicole Whitley, Jenna Seddon – Colby Ciarrocca
19’ GEO – Amanda Carolan (Rachel Corboz)
82’ GEO – Marina Paul (Rachel Corboz)