College Women: Georgetown reaches semis for first time

Big East champion Georgetown advanced to the Women's College Cup for the first time when it edged Santa Clara, 1-0. The Hoyas broke through to score the first goal Santa Clara allowed in the postseason when graduate student Crystal Thomas, who began her college career at Notre Dame, fired a shot from 22 yards past the outstretched arms of Melissa Lowder in the 76th minute.

“Look at the kids and seeing how excited they are, that’s what it’s all about,” Georgetown coach Dave Nolan said. “Making their mark, playing some good soccer along the way, and leaving their year, and their college days with some fantastic feelings. It’s a fantastic feeling. We’re going to enjoy today and tomorrow we’ll start worrying about the rest of the season.”

The Broncos almost went ahead in the 57th minute when Jenna Roering got behind the Hoya defense, but keeper Arielle Schechtman was able to make the save. Roering had another chance on the rebound but knocked it wide.

Santa Clara had chances in the last two minutes, but Julie Vass' shot went over the bar and Kellie Peay's attempt was saved. The shutout was the fifth in a row for the Hoyas, who are 20-2-3.

"There are two parts of the game," Santa Clara coach Jerry Smith said. "There's the finishing aspect and then everything else. We felt really good about everything else. We played Georgetown evenly and managed to create the better scoring chances but in finishing they had a great finish and we couldn't finish any of our chances. Credit to them for scoring a great goal. It's hard to keep that shot out of your net."

Nov. 26 in Washington, D.C.
Georgetown 1 Santa Clara 0. Goal: Thomas 76.
Georgetown --
Schechtman, Topor, Wenger, Delaney, Paul, Corboz, Pak, Knott, Farrell, Carolan, Damaska. Subs: Thomas, Germino-Watnick, Shaver, Nizialek, Richards, Nally.
Santa Clara -- Lowder, Peay, Arnardottir, Brown, Jackmon, Ambrose, Vass, Holtz, Kennedy, M.Gonzalez, Jesolva. Subs: Pridham, George, Roering, Hegardt, Arghandiwal, Blake, J.Gonzalez.
Att.: 832.
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