Godinez Chosen BIG EAST Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year; DePaul Tabbed for Fourth
Aug. 13, 2014
NEW YORK – Marquette was the unanimous pick to win the 2014 BIG EAST women’s soccer title as the conference announced the Preseason Coaches’ Poll on Wednesday.
Additionally, the league’s head coaches tabbed Rachel Daly of St. John’s as BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, the Red Storm’s Georgia Kearney-Perry as Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and DePaul’s Alex Godinez the Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year. Joining Godinez on the 11-member Preseason All-BIG EAST Team was Elise Wyatt who led DePaul last season with seven goals, four assists and 18 points.
Led by 2013 BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year Godinez, the Blue Demons went 13-6-2 last season while setting a program record for most points (16) in league play with a 5-3-1 record. Coach Erin Chastain’s team advanced to the BIG EAST title game for the first time in program history and earned their first NCAA Championship bid since joining the league and second in program history.
Godinez boasted league-best figures in goals against average (0.69), shutouts (nine) and save percentage (.900) as DePaul led the nation in save percentage.
Marquette nabbed all nine first-place votes with Georgetown earning the remaining available vote and runner-up honors. St. John’s followed in third with DePaul and Butler rounding out the projected top half of the BIG EAST. DePaul was second to Marquette in last year’s BIG EAST Championship. Villanova was picked to finish sixth followed by Seton Hall, Creighton, Providence and Xavier. Coaches could not vote for their own teams or players.
Marquette has lost just one BIG EAST game over the past three seasons (20-1-1) and enters 2014 sporting a 28-game unbeaten streak in league play. The Golden Eagles went 9-0 in BIG EAST action last season and finished 18-4-0 overall en route to their second consecutive BIG EAST Tournament crown and sixth-straight NCAA Championship bid.
Ranked No. 15 in the NSCAA Preseason Poll, Marquette returns its second-leading scorer and unanimous Preseason All-BIG EAST selection Mary Luba (eight goals, five assists) along with Preseason All-BIG EAST pick Mady Vicker.
Hermann Trophy Watch List member and unanimous Preseason All-BIG EAST honoree Daphne Corboz will lead Georgetown (16-3-2, 7-1-1), ranked No. 20 in the NSCAA Preseason Poll. The Hoyas advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round.
Led by a pair of preseason major award winners, St. John’s was picked to finish third and will aim for its highest finish since BIG EAST regular-season play began in 1995. In her Red Storm debut last season, junior forward Rachel Daly was the national leader in goals scored (23) en route to being named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.
Georgia Kearney-Perry anchored St. John’s back line which boasted 10 shutouts in 2013, second-most among all BIG EAST teams. Opponents averaged just 0.92 goals per game against the Red Storm which finished 12-6-3, 4-3-2 in conference. St. John’s claimed its second NCAA Championship bid in program history, staging an upset win in the first round before bowing out in the next round.
In its inaugural season in the BIG EAST, Butler went 11-7-2, 4-5-0 in league play. Picked for fifth in the coaches’ poll, the Bulldogs have a pair of Preseason All-BIG EAST Team members in freshman Serina Kashimoto and Sophia Maccagnone. Kashimoto was part of a defensive unit that posted seven shutouts while Maccagnone ranked second in the league to the St. John’s All-American Daly in shots, points and goals and was fourth in assists.
Villanova (6-10-3, 3-5-1 BIG EAST) enters its first season with Fran Kulas as head coach and returns its leading scorer from a year ago in Katie Martin. The sophomore forward garnered Preseason All-BIG EAST accolades after scoring six goals and adding 10 assists during her freshman campaign.
Seton Hall went 5-11-2, 3-6-0 a year ago and is under the direction of new head coach Rick Stainton. Creighton was 9-8-1, 2-6-1 in its first season of BIG EAST play. Kirstyn Corder, who scored a team-high seven goals in 2013, returns for the Bluejays.
Providence (6-9-3, 3-6-0) rounds out the list of teams with new head coaches as Sam Lopes took the reins last spring. The Friars’ Catherine Zimmerman was voted to the Preseason All-BIG EAST squad after leading the team with seven goals in 2013. Xavier (9-8-1, 2-7-0) returns leading scorer Tori Doss (four goals, five assists).
Nine out of 10 BIG EAST teams will kick off the 2014 season on Aug. 22, with conference games getting underway on Sept. 25. St. John’s will serve as host of the BIG EAST Championship, which is slated for Nov. 7 and 9 at Belson Stadium in Jamaica, N.Y. First Round contests will be played Nov. 4 at campus sites.
BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Rachel Daly, Jr., D/F, St. John’s
Preseason All-BIG EAST Team