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The Hoya

Georgetown University’s Newspaper of Record since 1920

The Hoya

Trujillo Heart of Surprise Run

The Georgetown women’s soccer team (14-6-2) set some lofty standards for its successors last weekend, winning the program’s first NCAA tournament game last Friday against Siena before upsetting their bracket’s top seed, Maryland, on Sunday. The Hoyas will try to make history again tomorrow when they take on Minnesota (15-5-3) in Minneapolis for a chance to advance to the Elite Eight.

One of the many stars for the Blue and Gray last weekend was junior forward Camille Trujillo, who was named TopDrawerSoccer’s national player of the week for spearheading the Hoyas’ two victories by notching two goals against the Saints in the first round and one against the Terps in the second. Ingrid Wells was also honored as a primetime performer of the week by, as the redshirt junior tallied one goal and was a steadying presence in the midfield for the Hoyas all weekend.

Wells and Trujillo are tied at the top of the Hoyas’ point charts with 28 apiece, a total no Georgetown player has reached prior to this year. Trujillo’s three goals in the NCAA tournament have given her a total of 13 for the year – a Georgetown single-season record.

Trujillo, for whom Head Coach Dave Nolan set a target of 10 goals at the beginning of the year, is not content to sit back and admire her significant personal accomplishments, though.

“I’m [glad] that I’ve been able to reach that goal,” she said. “[But] I want to continue doing better and continue practicing and working hard. . I’ve got more confidence throughout the years, and now that my ACL has recovered [from an injury prior to her freshman year] I feel like I’m able to perform at [my] best.”

Nolan has also noticed his star forward’s increased self-confidence and is delighted with the impact it has had on her game.

“Camille’s such an unassuming kid that I think sometimes she [doesn’t] realize how good she is,” he said. “Now she’s starting to make things happen on the field. She’s starting to figure out that she can really make a difference. . She scored some goals early that gave her the confidence to start, and she’s just great to have right now.”

Even to the untrained eye, Trujillo’s speed – especially when combined with her increased confidence – is an obvious threat to opposing defenses.

But Nolan is quick to point out that the junior is more than just a speedster.

“She’s got more than speed. [She’s] got strength,” Nolan said. “Most of the teams at the level we compete at have fast defenders, but Camille is just so strong… that she can hold defenders off. … [And] the last thing is [Trujillo] is as brave as a lion. She’s willing to put her body on the line.”

Despite her individual heroics, Trujillo is eager to praise the contributions of the other members of the potent Georgetown attack, ranging from Wells’ team-leading 10 assists to freshman forward Kaitlin Brenn’s seven goals.

“Everyone works so hard in practice and in games,” she said of her teammates. “Everyone just gives it their best effort, and that’s all we can ask.”

Her coach is much readier to recognize the impact that the quiet New Mexico native has on her teammates.

“She inspires people,” Nolan said. “She’s the quietest kid. I always tease her. … But she’s so inspirational because of how hard she works.”

Fortunately or unfortunately, Trujillo’s success this year has come with a price. Teams are starting to focus on her to a degree that they hadn’t before, and they are more than willing to get physical with the speedy, 5-foot-3 Hoya in order to stop her.

“[Camille] and Ingrid this year have gotten incredibly rough treatment, and both of them just get up and dust themselves off and go back at the game,” Nolan said. “They don’t get distracted by some of the stuff that’s come their way. . They deserve a lot of credit for [that].”

The Blue and Gray can expect more of the same from Minnesota, which will present a unique challenge to Nolan’s squad.

“They’re a strong, physical, athletic team,” he said of the Golden Gophers. “They play a 3-5-2 system, which is not something we’ve really faced, [and] with that comes pluses and minuses. . They’ll give us space in the corners, but they’ll take away our midfield by playing five in the middle.”

While Nolan hopes that his team’s earlier Oct. 3 matchup with Marquette, who play with roughly the same formation, has prepared them for Minnesota, he isn’t going to change the way his team plays to address this nuanced challenge.

“We’re just going to have to be sharp, and we’re going to have to move the ball a little bit faster than they can press us,” he said. “We need to do what we’ve been doing the last couple weeks, which is not give away many chances, try and play well and keep the ball [and] take advantage of set pieces.”

If the Hoyas can pull off the victory tomorrow, not only will they be making history by extending their unprecedented tournament run, but they will also become the first team to beat the Golden Gophers on their home turf in the postseason, where they are 7-0.

“Home field advantage is something that helps them,” Nolan said of the hosts. “But [they have] a beautiful field, [and] as long as the field is good, I don’t care where we play.”

“Everyone’s really excited [that] we’re in the Sweet 16,” Trujillo added. “That’s awesome for our program, [and] we’re going to do our best out there and hopefully win and continue on.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Minnesota’s Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.

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