August 21, 2011

Women’s Soccer Falls at No. 23 Georgetown

The American University women's soccer team suffered its first loss of the young season on Sunday afternoon, a 4-0 decision at No. 23 Georgetown.

After a 40-minute pre-match weather delay, Georgetown (2-0) wasted little time in taking control of the match. The Hoyas began their scoring with a fourth-minute goal by Samantha Baker to take the early 1-0 lead. Jessica Clinton made the advantage 2-0 in the 32nd minute, and less than four minutes later, Alexa St. Martin stretched the lead to three goals.

Weather played havoc on the match again, causing another hour-and-a-half delay late in the first half. When action resumed, Georgetown added a second-half goal in the 80th minute off the foot of Ingrid Wells, and went on to claim the 4-0 victory.

The Hoyas, which are ranked No. 15 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com preseason poll and 23rd in the NSCAA national poll, outshot American (1-1) by a 17-1 margin in the match. Junior Jasmine Mohandesi recorded AU's lone shot, which was on goal.

"We learned as a team that we need to come out with more energy as we did in the second half," Head Coach Dave Bucciero said. "In the second half, we defended better and played with more guts, and had more success slowing them down. Georgetown is a very talented team, but we will learn from this match and be a better team because of it."

The Eagles will return to the pitch this weekend when they travel to Burlington, Vt., for a pair of matches. AU will begin play at Vermont by taking on New Hampshire Friday, August 26 at 4 p.m.