Oct. 18, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova women's soccer team (6-8-1; 4-4-1) concludes the 2012 regular season this Friday when they take on No. 11 Georgetown (14-1-2, 8-0-1) for Senior Day at West Campus Soccer Complex. Game time versus the Hoyas is slated for 3 p.m. as the Wildcats look to solidify a spot in the BIG EAST Championship which begins next Thursday, October 25th.
Prior to the start of the contest, Villanova will honor graduating seniors Alexa Carugati (Newtown, Pa.), Colleen Lineweaver (Alexandria, Va.), Kelsey Quinn (Mt. Airy, Md.) and Heidi Sabatura (Lawrenceville, N.J.) in a ceremony to celebrate their accomplishments and contributions to Villanova Women's Soccer over the past four years.
Live scoring and video for the match will be available through the women's soccer schedule page at www.villanova.com.
Villanova This Season: The Wildcats enter this weekend with a 4-4-1 BIG EAST record after posting a 0-0 draw against DePaul and a 1-0 loss versus No. 24 Notre Dame last weekend. Against the Blue Demons, Villanova dominated the second half and overtime periods and had several good looking opportunities on net but couldn't find the winning touch on the afternoon. Junior Jami Kranich (Hamden, Conn.) had a stellar showing in both contests and posted a season-high nine saves in a 1-0 loss to the Fighting Irish while the Wildcat defense played nearly flawless in both contests.
Sabatura leads the team with 13 points via three goals and seven assists and is just two helpers shy of becoming Villanova's all-time assists leader while her 75 career points rank her seventh all-time. Sophomore Victoria Gersh (Silver Spring, Md.) is just three points behind Sabatura for the season and has four goals and two assists in 2012.
Defensively, goalkeepers Jami Kranich and Kelsey Quinn (Mt. Airy, Md.) have split time in net and have combined for a .817 save percentage and 85 saves on the year while Villanova's backline of Rhea Barghash (Bridgewater, N.J.), Taylor Houck (Chalfont, Pa.), Kathryn Rayner (Needham, Mass.) and Kaitlin Hogman (Center Valley, Pa.) have provided solid play throughout the season.
`Nova vs. Georgetown: Friday will mark the 19th meeting between the Hoyas and Wildcats with Villanova holding the advantage in the all-time series at 11-5-2. The Wildcats last met Georgetown on October 21st, 2011 and were defeated in a 6-0 shutout in Washington, D.C.
A Look at Georgetown: The Hoyas bring a 14-1-2 overall record into Friday's matchup and an 8-0-1 mark in the BIG EAST. The Hoyas have clinched a spot in the BIG EAST Championship and have earned a bye to the quarterfinals while locking up the National Division regular season championship. Sophomore Daphne Corboz currently ranks 7h in the nation averaging 2.24 goals per game and leads Georgetown with 38 points on the year via 16 goals and six assists. As a team, the Hoyas are ranked 11th in the NCAA in scoring offense and 4th with a .706 shutout win percentage.
Defensively, redshirt freshman Emma Newins has been the primary netminder and posts a .862 save percentage while making 56 saves this season.