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Hoya soccer stars to go pro

January 29, 2015


Women’s midfielder Daphne Corboz and men’s goalkeeper Tomas Gomez were selected in the college drafts of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and Major League Soccer (MLS) last week. Sky Blue FC selected Corboz in the fourth round, 25th selection overall, while the Columbus Crew chose Gomez in the third round, with the 60th pick overall.

Corboz, the all-time leading goal scorer in Georgetown history, possesses a résumé that warrants attention from prospective pro teams. A two-time All-American, Corboz was named the Big East Midfielder of the Year and as well as Big East Offensive Player of the Year at the conclusion of the 2014 season. It was the first time in the conference’s history that a player had won both awards in the same season. Her selection did not come as a surprise to her head coach Dave Nolan.

“We are all very proud and happy for Daphne as she was drafted by her hometown team,” Nolan said. “Her decision to remain in college this spring ensured she would be still available in the later rounds, as most experts expected her to be a first round selection. But that’s what we do

here at Georgetown—our student-athletes graduate and graduate on time.”

A well accomplished player as well, Gomez earned various distinctions, having been selected for the All Big-East the all-region team three times each and named Big East Goalkeeper of the Year in 2013. He is also the Georgetown’s all-time leader in career shutouts.

“I think this is a terrific opportunity for Tomas and we’re really excited for him,” Georgetown men’s soccer Head Coach Brian Wiese said. “He worked hard to graduate in December and he’s got a bright future both on the pitch and beyond.”

While Gomez has already joined the Crew for the preseason workouts, Corboz will survey her options overseas as some European teams have also expressed interest. But all at Georgetown have high hopes for her future.

“Everyone at Georgetown is very excited for her as she moves to this next stage in her career and life,” Nolan said.

Gomez joins the company of 13 men who have been drafted into the MLS. If Corboz accepts Sky Blue’s offer, she and former teammate Emily Menges of the Portland Thorns will be the only Hoyas in the NWSL.

 



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