DePaul Challenges No. 15/8 Georgetown in BIG EAST Semifinals on Friday
Nov. 7, 2013
CHICAGO - These Blue Demons boarded a bus on Thursday morning and took off on a first-time journey to a place no DePaul women's soccer team had gone before.
Their destination was the BIG EAST Championship Semifinals in Milwaukee that will be contested Friday at Marquette's Valley Fields.
After two trips to the BIG EAST quarterfinals, DePaul broke through to the final four and will challenge No. 15/8 Georgetown (15-1-2) in the 5 p.m. semifinal. No. 13/6 Marquette (16-3-0) will take on St. John's (11-4-3) at 7:30 p.m.
"We are extremely excited to be competing in the BIG EAST semifinals," said DePaul coach Erin Chastain. "Each year, our program is looking to improve upon our prior season and looking to reach new heights.
"That being said, we aren't just satisfied in making it to the BIG EAST semifinals."
DePaul (12-4-2) battled the Hoyas to a 1-1, double-overtime tie on Sept. 26 at Georgetown when Blue Demon goalkeeper Alejandria Godinez made a career-high 14 saves.
Ashleigh Goddard gave DePaul an early lead with her goal in the second minute. Georgetown's Mary Kroening found the equalizer in the 58th minute.
DePaul's defense which was No. 1 in the BIG EAST held the Hoyas scoreless for the final 52 minutes.
Georgetown comes into this rematch having outscored teams 56-13 and holding a 94-50 advantage in shots on goal. DePaul has given up the fewest goals (12) in the BIG EAST.
Daphne Corboz has seven goals and 12 assists to lead the Hoyas while Kaitlin Brenn has eight goals and six assists and Audra Ayotte six goals and 10 assists. Vanessa Skrumbis has contributed seven goals and Kalley Blain has six goals.
Georgetown comes to Milwaukee with an NCAA RPI of eight, second in the BIG EAST behind Marquette's three.
"We recognize Georgetown is a wonderful team and certainly is very deserving of its ranking and RPI," Chastain said. "This is a team that is very solid defensively and very dangerous from an attacking perspective.
"We are excited to match up against a top team. It's a great opportunity for our players to show our strengths and what has gotten us to this point."
A disciplined and feisty defense has been DePaul's calling card in 2013. The Blue Demons have nine shutouts on the season and Goddnez is No. 6 in the country in save percentage and No. 29 in goals-against average.
Georgetown leads the all-time series between the two BIG EAST rivals 7-2-1 and had won four in a row before that tie in September.
The last DePaul victory in the series came in October of 2009 when Callie Hemming's golden goal sent her team onto a 2-1 victory in double overtime and propelled the Blue Demons onto their first BIG EAST Championship berth.