WASHINGTON, DC- The Quinnipiac Women's soccer team fell to the nationally-ranked No. 18 Georgetown Hoyas in the Bobcats' 2013 season opener in our nation's capital on Sunday. With the loss the Bobcats fall to 0-1 on the season while the Hoyas improve to 2-0 after an overtime win over William and Mary on Friday.
The Hoyas were propelled by a two-goal effort from Sarah Adams (San Diego, Calif.) who registered five shots - four of which were on goal. Vanessa Skrumbis (Encino,Calif.) opened the scoring for the Hoyas after Audra Ayotte (Marlborough,Conn.) sent her on a beautiful run up field leaving her one-on-one with Quinnipiac's goalkeeper Natalia Grodzki (Bartlett, Ill.)
The game saw four freshmen make debuts for the Bobcats including three in the starting lineup. Joanna Proctor (Frimley,England) and Laura Nicholas (Derry City, Northern Ireland) made the start with the backline while Jessica Fontaine (Enfield, Conn.) made her highly anticipated debut as a forward, registering the only two Bobcat shots on goal. Kelly Caruso (Rocky Hill, Conn) also saw her first minutes for the Bobcats on defense.
Grodzki (Bartlett, Ill.) made her first start as the number one goalie after the Bobcats lost Jill Kelley to graduation. Grodzki played 83 minutes in net making four saves but also surrendered four goals. Junior Tori Graessle (Millburn, N.J.) saw seven minutes in net allowing one goal. The Hoyas split time between Emma Newins and Christina Mangels each of them played a half and each made one save.
"We played one of the best teams in the country which punished every mistake we made," said head coach Dave Clarke. "It was a great experience for the players and we learned a lot to benefit us throughout the season. There is no shame in losing to the likes of Georgetown."
Clarke was impressed with the freshmen who made their debut at the collegiate level by saying, "Four freshmen made their debuts today and they did very well. They will grow from the experience and now know what standards are required at the Division I level."
Quinnipiac falls to 0-2 all-time against the Hoyas.
The Bobcats return to action in their home opener on Sunday September 1st against St. Joseph's University at 1 pm.