On Friday afternoon at Shaw Field, No. 12 Georgetown women’s soccer cruised to a 7-0 victory over Ohio University, with both the offense and defense clicking on all cylinders.
Georgetown (6-2-1) attacked the Ohio (5-3) defense just moments after the whistle blew, earning three corner kicks within the first five minutes of the game. Scoring broke open for the Blue and Gray when sophomore defender Charlie Kern recorded her first collegiate goal off a corner by senior forward Paula Germino-Watnick in the fifth minute.
The Hoyas struck again eight minutes later, this time off sophomore defender Jenna Royson’s foot. Graduate forward Amanda Carolan and freshman midfielder Julia Leas combined for the assist to find Royson inside the box in the 13th minute.
Shortly after the goal’s ensuing restart, Leas let off a shot of her own that ricocheted off the post. The Blue and Gray maintained this offensive pressure and again found the back of the net in the 15th minute to take a 3-0 lead. The goal came when Royson powered a shot from outside of the 18-yard box that deflected off a Bobcat (5-3) defender into the back of the net. Royson’s goal marks her third goal in three consecutive games.
Georgetown’s offensive dominance continued throughout the half as they outshot Ohio 10-1. The Hoyas also tallied four corner kicks to the Bobcats’ one. Ohio recorded its only shot of the half in the 25th minute, which was ultimately saved by freshman goalkeeper Anna Leat.
The Hoyas closed out the half with two more goals, increasing the lead to five. In the 27th minute, Carolan scored her fifth goal of the season after receiving a pass from sophomore forward Caitlin Moon from the right side. This goal marks Carolan’s 28th of her career and earns her the sixth spot in Georgetown’s all-time scoring list.
Senior midfielder Sarah Trissel added to the scoring with a finish off an assist from senior defender Meaghan Nally and junior forward Jenna Menta. Menta sent a throw-in into the box, hitting Nally who in turn found Trissel for the finish.
Georgetown opened the second half just as they did the first, landing a goal in the first five minutes after kickoff. This time, Germino-Watnick took control of the ball in the six-yard box upon receiving a pass from Carolan. The senior forward slotted the ball into the net in the 51st minute to propel the Hoyas to a 6-0 lead.
The Bobcat offense tried to generate some momentum to come back from the six-goal deficit but found few opportunities to do so. One attempt came in the 59th minute with a shot on goal that was saved by junior goalkeeper Alyssa Navarrete. The Georgetown defense kept Ohio to only one other shot for the remainder of the half, a shot which was saved by Navarrete in the 71st minute. Overall, the Hoya defense held the Bobcats to four shots and one corner kick on the day as compared to the Blue and Gray’s 16 shots and seven corners.
The Hoyas secured the victory with a seventh and final goal in the 65th minute by Germino-Watnick, who let off a shot from the top of the box, and Leas earned an assist on the play.
Leat and Navarrete combined to record the team’s second consecutive shutout and fourth shutout of the season. Royson has since been recognized as the Big East Defensive Player of the
Week for her performance in Friday’s game. Germino-Watnick also earned a spot on the Weekly Honor Roll for her two goals and assist. Germino-Watnick has now been recognized with Big East honors for the past five weeks and Royson has now been recognized for two consecutive weeks.
Head Coach Dave Nolan saw his team’s victory in their last non-conference game of the season as a promising sign heading into conference play.
“We came off really strong in the first half and did all the things we wanted to do,” Nolan said in an interview with GUHoyas. “The big challenge in the second half was to make sure we made the same effort we did in the first. I knew it was unlikely to score another five goals in the second half, but I was hoping we could keep the same intensity because we have to be able to put together two similar halves, which is what we did.”
The Hoyas will next face Marquette on Sunday, Sept. 29, to begin Big East play. Last year, Georgetown defeated Marquette in a double-overtime thriller, securing a 2-1 victory with a goal in the 102nd minute.
Nolan sees Marquette as a formidable opponent this season.
“Marquette is always a tough team to beat. We’ve had plenty of years against Marquette where we came up just short. The first conference game always has the most juice, so we just have to be ready for it,” Nolan said.
Kickoff for the match is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Shaw Field.