Women’s Soccer: Hoyas Prevail 2-1
By Tim Goodenow for MSNsportsNET.com
October 18, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Forward Samantha Baker broke a 1-1 tie in the 58th minute to push Georgetown past visiting West Virginia, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at a muddy North Kehoe Field.
The Mountaineers tied the match at the 53:02 mark on a brilliant play from a pair of freshmen in Bri Rodriguez and Caroline Szwed. From the left flank, Szwed served a ball deep into the box where Rodriguez headed the ball in the air to herself, and volleyed the ball past Hoyas’ goalkeeper Jackie Desjardin for the score. The goal was the first of Rodriguez’s career and team-leading fifth assist for Szwed.
Baker put an abrupt halt to WVU’s momentum with the game-winner less than five minutes later. Baker, known for her long throw-in, started the play with a throw inside the 18-yard box that was eventually cleared back out to Baker. The sophomore bent the ball inside the left post for the score.
West Virginia started out strong, dominating play for the opening 15 minutes. All-American midfielder Carolyn Blank took the first shot of the match four minutes into the contest on a blast from 20-yards out.
Georgetown took a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute as forward Sara Jordan started the play behind the WVU back line with no offsides called. Jordan chased down a ball down sent towards the right corner, dribbled to the end line and sent a ball across the mouth of the goal where Caitlin Durkee one-timed the ball inside the far post for the goal.
WVU’s offense was limited to only seven shots on the afternoon, with Blank and forward Megan Mischler attempting two each.
The Hoyas finished with 10 shots, led by Baker’s five shots off the bench.
The Georgetown goal was the first allowed in the last 399 minutes of play by the West Virginia defense. The Mountaineer back line lured the Hoyas offense into five first half offsides calls.
WVU goalkeeper Kerri Butler played well, despite the goals allowed, in working every minute between the posts. The junior was solid off her line and came up with a fantastic save in the 84th minute on a close range shot from forward Camille Trujillo. Trujillo charged hard at the goal from the right side with Butler making a diving save to her right to prevent the score.
West Virginia’s best scoring chance of the second half came on a long-range look from midfielder Morgan Betscher. The sophomore fired a shot from 22-yards out that sailed wide right of the goal.
Freshman Steph Carpenter made her first career start at defender, one of seven freshmen or sophomore starters for WVU.
The loss snapped West Virginia’s season-high four-match unbeaten streak. WVU moves to 7-5-5 (4-3-2 BIG EAST) while Georgetown improves to 12-3-2 (6-2-1 BIG EAST).
The Mountaineers close out the regular season with a pair of road matches at Connecticut and Providence on Friday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 25, respectively.