Hoyas look north to rebound

October 1, 2009

After a disappointing weekend, the Georgetown women’s soccer team is hoping to get back on track in the Big East this weekend.  The Hoyas (7-2-2, 1-1-1 Big East) are traveling north to face off against Providence on Friday and UConn on Sunday in important matches following last weekend’s mediocre performance.

“Facing Providence at Providence is going to be difficult,” head coach Dave Nolan said. “Everyone that goes there faces problems and they know that they have to pick up some points in their home games.”

Despite going winless against Big East opponents, Providence still has a winning record of 5-4-2.  The last time Georgetown played them was back in 2006 when they dueled to a 1-1 tie.

The Hoyas have a lot riding on this weekend. Georgetown lost over the weekend to nationally ranked Rutgers 1-0 at home and tied Seton Hall 1-1 on the road.

“If we weren’t playing well I’d be worried,” Nolan said. “However, with a little bit of luck we probably could have won the Seton Hall game.  Right now we only have two losses to ranked teams, Santa Clara and Rutgers, and even though we’re in a little bit of a slump, we’re playing really well.”

With the high competition level in the Big East, Nolan knows his team needs to come up big this weekend.

“We’ve got to get something out of this weekend, at least a win and a tie or two wins,” Nolan said.

The UConn Huskies (7-3-0, 2-1-0 Big East) are coming off of a 5-0 victory over Syracuse. Georgetown last faced the Huskies in the Big East Championships, where the Hoyas lost 2-1.

“UConn is going to be very difficult,” Nolan said. “They’re beginning to look like the powerhouse they were a couple of years ago and they’re a lot healthier than they have been in the past.”

However, the Hoyas have to focus on Providence before worrying about UConn.

“UConn is always tough to play on the road,” junior goalkeeper Jackie DesJardin said. “We’re also looking at the Providence game like the Seton Hall game since they’re looking for their first Big East win, so they’ll be playing with that level of intensity.”

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