Scott Larrabee, Matthew Brutto Lead Hoyas to 1-0 Win at Louisville
Sept. 23, 2007
Louisville, Ky. - The Georgetown University men's soccer team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 1-0 win at Louisville on Sunday afternoon in BIG EAST action. The Hoyas played with six freshmen in the starting lineup, including goalkeeper Matthew Brutto (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South), who posted a shutout in his first career start. Sophomore Scott Larrabee (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Loyola HS of Los Angeles) netted the eventual game-winner in the 25th minute with Hunter Joslin (Seattle, Wash./Eastlake) and Ibukun Otegbeye (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) picking up assists. GU improves to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in league play. Georgetown concluded a season-long seven-game road trip.
Louisville (4-3-0, 2-5-0) had a penalty kick in the fourth minute but junior Aaron Clapham's attempt went wide. Six minute later, the Cardinals hit the inside of the post with a shot but the Hoyas were able to clear the carom.
Larrabee recorded his second career goal in the 25th minute. Joslin played a ball to Otegbeye in the corner. Otegbeye, who was in the starting lineup for the first time, crossed a ball towards the goal where Larrabee struck from the back post.
The Hoyas took a lead into intermission for the first time this season.
Louisville's Ryan McDonald headed a ball off the post in the 56th minute trying for the equalizer but again GU was able to clear.
The Cardinals held a 17-10 shot advantage.
Brutto finished with seven saves in net for Georgetown.
"It certainly makes for a happy ride home," said second year head coach Brian Wiese.
"We finally finished our road trip and we'll welcome the upcoming homestand.
"(Goalkeeper) Joe Devine was questionable with pulled calf so we gave (Matthew) Brutto a go. Alex Verdi played for Lenny Coleman, who sat out after picking up a red card on Friday. Defender Mark Zeman was penciled to start but was scratched with a stomach virus so Ibukun started his first game.
"Fundamentally, the guys were just tired of losing and they were really hungry for a goal today. We struggled clearing the ball with Lenny unavailable and I never felt very comfortable until the final horn. I'm proud of our guys.
"We changed some combinations up front with (Peter) Grasso coming off the bench. He responded well. Who and where we played so far and our record doesn't indicate where I think we are as a team. We're starting to progress."
The Hoyas host Rutgers in GU's home opener on Friday, September 28 at 3 p.m. on North Kehoe Field. The game will be preceded by the Hoya women's soccer game against Seton Hall that kick offs at noon.