The Georgetown women’s soccer team defeated a pair of Ivy League foes over the weekend to remain undefeated.
On Thursday, the No. 10 Hoyas (7-0-2) took down the No. 25 Princeton Tigers (5-2-1) on the road, winning 2-1 in overtime.
Head Coach Dave Nolan appreciated the competitive match.
“I thought Princeton was the best game we played all year,” Nolan said in an interview with The Hoya. “They’re a very good team, and up there, they are very difficult.”
Senior forward Caitlin Farrell opened up the scoring in the 24th minute, assisted by junior midfielder Paula Germino-Watnick.
Farrell notched her fourth goal of the season and Germino-Watnick recorded her first assist.
Princeton did not register a shot in the first half as Georgetown controlled possession of the ball.
In the second half, the Tigers scratched across a goal in the 68th minute to even the score.
Both teams were unable to find the net after back and forth action in the last 20 minutes of regulation. The teams remained tied as the match headed to overtime.
Coach Nolan was impressed with the team’s response to Princeton’s goal.
“I thought our response was very good,” Nolan said. “Instead of feeling sorry for ourselves … we actually came back, and we probably should have scored another two or three in the second half.”
Farrell was fouled in the box in the 93rd minute, and graduate student forward Kyra Carusa stepped up to take the penalty. Carusa gave the Hoyas the win on a penalty shot, her fifth goal of the season and second straight game with a game winner.
Georgetown outshot Princeton 20-6 and had 11 corner kicks to Princeton’s 0.
The Blue and Gray wrapped up its nonconference play on Sunday with a 4-0 shutout win at Shaw Field against the Columbia Lions (3-4-1).
While Georgetown’s defense had a strong performance and recorded its fifth shutout of the season, the offense, led by Farrell, Germino-Watnick and Carusa produced the more notable performance.
Coach Nolan was impressed with the team’s attacking mindset.
“This was more like we played last year, where we were opening teams up and causing them a lot of trouble,” Nolan said. “I was happy with the result. We got out on them early.”
Farrell opened up the scoring for the Hoyas, once again off an assist from Germino-Watnick, this time in the 10th minute.
In the 22nd minute, Germino-Watnick got in on the scoring herself, recording her first goal of the season off an assist from Carusa.
Germino-Watnick had a chance to add a second goal in the 53rd minute when she rifled a shot from the top of the box.
The shot was deflected and landed on the head of senior midfielder Meghan Shaver, who guided the ball into the back of the net for her first goal of the year and the Hoyas’ third of the game. Germino-Watnick earned an assist on the goal, her second of the game.
Coach Nolan praised Germino-Watnick’s play this season.
“Paula’s good enough that she can play anywhere. I think she’s probably been, over the last three games, our most consistent player,” Nolan said. “I thought she was excellent against Princeton, and, this game again, she was very good.”
Junior midfielder Carson Nizialek added a fourth goal, her first of the season, in the 60th minute off an assist by Farrell.
Georgetown outshot Columbia 14-8 and had a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.
The Hoyas’ defense remained stout against the Lions.
Sophomore defender Kelly Ann Livingstone stopped a shot while senior goalkeeper Arielle Schechtman was out of net in the 18th minute, and junior defender Meaghan Nally chased down a potential goal opportunity in the 70th. Schechtman recorded four saves on the day.
Big East play begins on Sunday, as Georgetown travels to the Big Apple to take on St. John’s.
The Hoyas will have to adjust to conference play, Coach Nolan explained.
“The Big East has a whole different set of challenges. There’s some places that are tough places to play, starting with St. John’s this weekend,” Nolan said. “First game of the Big East season is when everyone has the most optimism and the most confidence, so it’s going to be a real tough game.”
Kickoff in New York is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Belson Stadium.