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Women's Soccer Starts NCAA Tournament Play Saturday At Georgetown


Emily Bredek

WHO: ODU (13-2-5) at Georgetown (12-1-7)
WHERE: NCAA tournament First Round – Washington, D.C.
WHEN: Noon - Saturday
SERIES RECORD: first-ever meeting
NORFOLK, Va. – For the third straight season, and the fourth time in program history, the Old Dominion women's soccer team earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament. On Saturday, the Monarchs will face off against third-seeded Georgetown at noon in the opening round at Georgetown.
A win will put the Monarchs against either sixth-seeded Saint Louis or Indiana on November 17 at a location to be determined.
Fans attending the match can enter campus via Canal Road and park in the Southwest Garage. The best address to use for that is - 1360 W Rd NW Washington, DC 20007.
Old Dominion (13-5-1) advanced with a thrilling 2-1 double overtime win over James Madison on Sunday afternoon for its second straight Sun Belt Tournament title. Freshman Sydney Somers recorded the game-winning blast in the 108th minute with a goal from just outside the penalty box. The tournament title was the third straight for ODU after winning the Conference USA crown in 2021.
Georgetown (12-1-7) earned its 12th straight NCAA appearance capturing the BIG EAST championship with a 2-0 win over Xavier in Sunday's title match. Allie Winstanley had the opening goal in the 13th minute and assisted on Maja Lardner's game-clincher in the 62nd minute.
Ece Turkoglu leads the Monarchs in goals scored with six and points with 13 adding one assist to her total. Megan Watts has five goals on the year for 10 points, with Thalia Morisi having four goals and one assist for nine points. Just behind Morisi are Ashlynn Kulha and Anna Tørsløv with three goals and two assists for eight points.
Turkoglu was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament and was joined on the All-Tournament team by: Andrea Balcazar Algarin, Morisi, Anessa Arndt and Malia Mariano.
Turkoglu was also named to the Sun Belt Conference First Team All-Conference squad and was joined by junior goalie Emily Bredek.
Aleigha Arndt leads the team with three assists, while Tørsløv, Kulha, Riley Mullen, Katie Lutz, Algarin and Madison Micheletti have a pair of assists each.
In the net, Emily Bredek has a goals against average of 0.451 with 11 shutouts and a save percentage of 0.845. As a team, the Monarchs are third nationally in goals against average at 0.421.
The goal by Georgia Southern in Friday's semifinal was the first goal allowed in the opening half by the Monarchs all season. They've outscored opponents 8-1 in the first half and 20-8 in the second and overtime.
In the latest RPI rankings, ODU comes in 35th, while Georgetown is eighth.
In the national statistics, ODU is third in team goals against average at 0.445. Individually, Bredek is fourth in goals against average (0.451) and fifth in shutouts with her school record 11.
Watts' 20 career goals puts her tied for eighth on the all-time list, while her 46 career points leaves her just outside the top 10 in 11th place.
The shutout win in the quarterfinals was the 12th on the season for the Monarchs which ties the 2008 team for the most in school history.
Winstanley leads the Hoyas in scoring with five goals and five assists for 15 points. Tatum Lenain follows her with three goals and four assists for 10 points, while Natalie Means has four goals for eight points.
In the net, Allie Augur leads the country in goals against average at 0.351 and is second in save percentage at .900. All 12 of her wins, and Georgetown's wins, have been by shutout.
On the year, Georgetown has outscored its opponents 30-10.
The Hoyas are 8-0-4 since their lone loss on September 14 when they fell 3-2 at Princeton.
Georgetown and ODU have played two common opponents this year. The Hoyas played James Madison on Sept. 7 (0-0) and Virginia Tech on August 27 (1-0). ODU went 1-0-1 with JMU and played 0-0 with Virginia Tech.
Georgetown is just outside the United Soccer Coaches Association Top 25 with 10 votes.
The winner faces Saint Louis-Indiana winner on November 17 at a time and location to be determined.