Fall Sports Preview 2015:
Entering its 2015 season, the No. 25 Georgetown men’s soccer team (1-2-1 overall, 0-0-0 Big East) boasted a defense that had the potential to be the envy of the NCAA. All four starters — seniors Cole Seiler, Josh Turnley and Keegan Rosenberry and junior Joshua Yaro — returned for the Hoyas, creating a back line to be reckoned with. In 2015, all four players became co-captains. The defense was expected to lead the way for a team with national championship ambitions.
Those expectations seemed warranted. Yaro was named Big East Preseason Defensive Player of the Year just prior to the start of the 2015 season. He could have been the No. 1 overall MLS draft pick had he not chosen to return to school. His talent has drawn the attention and praise of teammates, opponents and professional scouts.
Not to be overlooked, however, are the three seniors who have seen extended minutes on defense since 2013. Seiler and Rosenberry started for the Hoyas in the national championship game in 2012 and have been starters ever since. Turnley stepped into the starting 11 the following year. The experience gained by spending several seasons competing as college athletes is an extremely valuable asset.
In the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament, the Georgetown men’s soccer team (1-2-1) experienced a heartbreaking loss in penalty kicks to Virginia — a team that went on to win the 2014 National Championship.
Nonetheless, this loss had little impact on expectations for the Hoyas in their 2015 campaign. Georgetown was ranked third in the nation, and with the return of star junior defender Joshua Yaro despite the lure of Major League Soccer and a history of solid offensive production, Georgetown was set to be a powerhouse team on both sides of the field. Yaro and senior forward Brandon Allen were named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List, which compiles the players most likely to win the award for the best college soccer player in the nation. In addition, Yaro and Allen were named the Big East Preseason Defensive and Offensive Players of the Year, respectively.
Fortunately, the Georgetown women’s soccer team (3-2-0) began its 2015 season with an offense that has had little trouble finding the back of the net. The Hoyas have scored 10 goals in just five games and have been shut out only once. Collectively, the team has already taken 80 shots, while its opponents have tallied only 42.
The team’s offensive success can largely be attributed to three dynamic forwards who have each stepped up to lead the Hoyas’ attack. For graduate student forward Audra Ayotte, junior forward Grace Damaska and senior forward Crystal Thomas, the statistics speak for themselves. Continue reading