WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men’s soccer team used a pair of first half goals to defeat the Marquette University Golden Eagles, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at Shaw Field. With the victory, the Blue & Gray improved to 7-1-1 overall and 2-1 in BIG EAST Conference play.
“It was an interesting game today because we like to press teams and they like to try to play through it,” said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. “It caused us some problems, as it always does with Marquette, but we also got some amazing turnovers that we needed to be a little better on. We were able to get something out of that in the first half, but lacked a little bit of sharpness today and, playing at home, I’d like to see us be a little bit better.”
The goals came fast and early as Georgetown struck first. In the ninth minute, freshman forward Derek Dodson (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) sent the ball to midfielder Jacob Montes (Lake Worth, Fla./Beaverton [Ore.]). The freshman’s shot was saved, but the rebound went to the feet of junior midfielder Ethan Lochner (New York, N.Y./Stuyvesant) who fired right back in and beat keeper Noah Heim to make it 1-0.
Just 32 second later, the Golden Eagles (1-7-1, 1-2 BIG EAST) would equalize as an intercepted pass in the box was sent in by Diego Nunez to tie the game at one.
It didn’t take long for the Hoyas to find a second, however, as GU struck again in the 16th minute of the game. Montes passed the ball to senior midfielder Declan McCabe (Weston, Mass./The Rivers School) on the right side who had just Heim to beat. McCabe’s technical finish made it 2-1 and would stand for the next 73 minutes as the game winner.
Those would be the most dangerous chances of the half for both squads.
In the second half, Georgetown had opportunities on counters but struggled to convert. Freshman forward Jack Beer (Thornwood, N.Y./Byram Hills) saw a shot go high, and senior midfielder Christopher Lema (Ridgefield, N.J./Ridgefield Memorial) had a near goal go off of the post and the fingertips of Heim.
On the defensive end, Marquette served a number of good balls into the box that the Hoyas managed to stop. The most dangerous look was a shot from Connor Alba that was saved off of the line by junior defender Peter Schropp (Omaha, Neb./Creighton Prep).
Despite Marquette’s pressure, the Hoyas managed to hold on for the 2-1 result at the final whistle.
The Hoyas outshot the Golden Eagles, 17-8, and took eight corner kicks to MU’s three. In goal, Heim was given the loss with six saves. Junior JT Marcinkowski (Alamo, Calif./De La Salle) was awarded the victory with two saves on the afternoon.
The Hoyas will be back in action in another BIG EAST matchup on Friday at Shaw Field against the Butler University Bulldogs. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network with Dan Helfrich and Tom Greaser calling the action. Live stats will also be available at www.GUHoyas.com
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