WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men’s soccer used a pair of first half goals to defeat the Cal Poly University Mustangs (0-3-0), 3-1, on Friday afternoon at Shaw Field. Sophomore forward Achara (Enugu, Nigeria/Berkshire School [Mass.]) scored the first two goals of the game as the Hoyas improved to 3-0-0 on the season.
“We’ve got a lot of good players and the young guys have been really good for us which is really refreshing to see,” said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. “When you have that many hungry attacking pieces and you give them those minutes, they want to take advantage. That’s been a big luxury for us this season so far and we hope it will continue.”
The Hoyas got on the board early as Achara took a 1v1 right at keeper Simon Beohme and he popped it into the right corner just over Beohme’s head to make it 1-0. Minutes later, Achara had another look at the net that was stopped to keep it a one-goal game.
Achara scored the second goal of the contest on another open chance. He slashed through the box and managed to get around three defenders as Beohme came out. Achara beat Boehme and clipped it to the back right corner to make it 2-0.
The Georgetown defense gave up its first goal of the season at the 29-minute mark. A long throw in went into the box and the Hoyas got on it initially. The ball trickled to the back post and Sean Goode managed a shot. The ball deflected off of a Hoya and out of the reach of GU keeper JT Marcinkowski (Alamo, Calif./De La Salle) to make it 2-1.
In the final 10 minutes of the half, sophomore Dylan Nealis (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) had a volley just a yard from the goal that was cleared off of the line. On the other end of the pitch, a corner kick almost bent in before it was called out as Cal Poly gained momentum.
Just before the half, senior midfielder Matt Ledder (Falls Church, Va./Gonzaga) had an open look from range that had the keeper beat, but it went just wide as the Hoyas went into the break leading 2-1.
The second half began as tempers flared on the field and a second yellow in the 52nd minute resulted in the Hoyas playing a man up for the remainder of the game.
Georgetown continued to pressure with dangerous looks from senior forward Zach Knudson (Oakland, N.J./DePaul Catholic/NC State), freshman forward Jack Beer (Thornwood, N.Y./Byram Hills) and Achara. The victory was sealed in the 73rd minute as junior midfielder Edson Martinez (Salem, Ore./North Salem) found junior midfielder Kyle Zajec (Westport, Conn./Staples) at the top of the box. Zajec served it up to the far post and freshman freshman forward Derek Dodson (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) headed it back in for his first intercollegiate goal and making the score 3-1.
In the 84th minute, Dodson was taken down alone looking at the goal resulting in a straight red card and putting the Hoyas two men up. The Hoyas would then hold on for the 3-1 victory.
Georgetown will be back in action on Monday as the squad hosts No. 15 UCLA at Shaw Field at noon. It will also be Millennial Day with participation trophies given out to fans along with a number of other prizes. Live stats will be available on www.GUHoyas.com and a webcast featuring soccer alums Dan Helfrich and Steve Neumann will be available on HoyasLive on FOX Sports Go.
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