Nov. 14, 2010

Courtesy of Georgetown Athletics

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Most couldn't believe it. Many just couldn't put it in to the right words. But make no mistake about it - the Georgetown University women's soccer team is headed to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Two nights after winning their first-ever postseason game, the Hoyas secured their spot in the third round with a thrilling win in penalty kicks, stunning the crowd at Ludwig Field.

Georgetown, now 14-6-2 overall, will advance to play in the NCAA Tournament Third Round at a site and time to be determined against Minnesota, 2-0 winners over Texas A&M.

"I knew coming in that it was going to be a tight game," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "Maryland is a fantastic team and I feel bad for them. I'm thrilled for my kids. It was an evenly played game. There were spells when we were on top and spells when they were on top. I thought our back four played tremendous and I thought Camille (Trujillo) did a great job. Our kids worked their butts off against a team that is one of the top four in the country in front of their own fans.

"We had a disappointing BIG EAST Tournament so we know what it feels like. This is just great, for us to be moving on to the Sweet 16, I don't think it gets any better."

The advance to the Sweet 16 was made possible in large part to the work done by senior goalkeeper Jackie DesJardin (Sunnyvale, Calif./Archbishop Mitty), who made two saves in penalty kicks. After DesJardin stopped Maryland's firs shot, the Hoyas took a 1-0 lead on a shot from junior Ingrid Wells (Upper Montclair, N.J./Montclair). DesJardin came back with yet another save on the second shot, but Maryland's Yewande Balogun saved a shot from freshman Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) to keep it 1-0.

After Maryland tied the score, freshman Katilin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) connected and junior Samantha Baker (Long Beach, Calif./Wilson) scored on the Hoyas' fourth shot, giving GU a 3-2 lead. As DesJardin stepped to the line for the fifth shot, her teammates braced for the chance to rush the field. The shot from Ashley Grove went to the right and bounced off the post, starting the celebration from the Hoyas.

The Hoyas had taken a 1-0 lead six minutes into the second half when junior forward Camille Trujillo (Albuquerque, N.M./St. Pius X) chested a ball in from the post past Balogun at 50:40. GU's initial shot from sophomore Christina O'Tousa (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) bounced off the cross bar and off a Maryland player toward the post where Trujillo was able to put it away.

Maryland pressed offensively in the minutes after the Hoya goal and connected in the 65th minute, when Sade Ayinde took a feed from Caitlin McDowell and scored from 25 yards out at 64:37.