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November 11, 2012

Late Goal Gives Georgetown Win Over VT

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With time dwindling down, it appeared the Virginia Tech Hokies would advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament holding onto a 2-1 lead.

However, the Georgetown Hoyas scored with 13 minutes remaining, and scored just 3:21 into overtime to end the Hokies season.

"Obviously it's a heartbreaker," senior midfielder Kelly Conheeney said after the game. "We could of finished some opportunities that we didn't and they finished there's."

The loss hurts all the more knowing Georgetown's Sarah Adams overtime shot ended the Hokies season in the blink of an eye. It was her second goal of the year.

"It's tough because with the Golden Goal, you lose it, and that's it," Conheeney added. "It hits you hard."

After more than a two week break, the Hokies' rust was clearly evident early as the Hoyas took a 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the match.

But the Hokies offensive attack exploded for two goals before the half, and it appeared that would guide them to a first-round victory on Sunday night at Thompson Field.

However, Georgetown was able to tie the match with under 13 minutes remaining to force a Golden Goal overtime.

While Virginia Tech didn't qualify for the ACC tournament, Georgetown was fresh off a Big East Championship loss just a week ago. Colleen Dinn scored her eighth goal of the season off a nice Daphne Corboz cross on the first shot of the game, but the Hokies controlled the play for the most part thereafter.

With 3:29 remaining in the first half, Ashley Meier notched her eighth tally of the year on a header thanks to an accurate Kelsey Loupee free kick. Just two minutes later, lightning struck again for the Hokies.

Anne Lumpkin sprung Jazmine Reeves on a beautiful through-ball behind the defense, and Reeves beat the defenders with blazing speed and ripped a hooking shot into the opposite corner.

"Out of the blue, they got two goals and we were reeling," Georgetown coach Dave Nolan[/db>] said.

Suddenly, Virginia Tech had a 2-1 lead heading into halftime. Perhaps even more impressive, the Hoyas had gone 13 consecutive games (Sept. 9) without allowing more than one goal.

After playing with five defenders back in the first half, Georgetown was forced to sacrifice defense for offense. The Hokie defense, namely junior goalkeeper [db]Dayle Colpitts, stepped up and held the Hoya offense at bay for the most part. But Georgetown was able to break through with less than 13 minutes remaining.

Kaitlin Brenn scored her 10th goal of the season on a header from Mary Kroening, which set up the final dramatics in overtime.

"I hold myself to a higher standard for that game and expect myself to make a save to keep us in it," Colpitts said. "I'm very disappointed."

Georgetown improved to 16-3-3 with the victory, while Virginia Tech's season is over at 13-6-1. While it hurts right now, one thing players can take away from the season is that six losses is the least amount in school history.


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