Oct. 1, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer squad scored first, but couldn't stop late goals as the team fell to the No. 7/9 Butler University Bulldogs (8-1-1, 3-0-0 BIG EAST), 4-2, in Indianapolis, Ind., on Saturday at the Butler Bowl. The loss drops the Blue & Gray to 1-2-0 in BIG EAST Conference play, and 3-7-0 overall.
The Hoyas held possession early on and in the physical game, the Blue & Gray held the advantage. Georgetown was patient, working the ball in and then sending it back to the midfield to reset.
The patience paid off with a goal in the 15th minute. Sophomore defender Kyle Zajec (Westport, Conn./Staples) came forward on the right side and passed through a double team to a wide open Bakie Goodman (Sarasota, Fla./Pine View School for the Gifted). The senior midfielder took two touches and sent it into the box to junior forward Zach Knudson (Oakland, N.J./DePaul Catholic) who was posted up. He tapped it back to junior midfielder Arun Basuljevic (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) who moved to his right and fired a laser to the low left corner to make it 1-0.
Butler came roaring back with a pair of good chances before striking in the 20th minute on a goal similar to Georgetown's. Isaac Galliford found the equalizer to tie it at one.
The Bulldogs weren't finished as the squad possessed following the goal. In the 31st minute, the ball came to leading scorer David Goldsmith who shot to the left side and hit the back of the net to take the 2-1 lead.
Going down a goal, the Hoyas bounced back with Goodman getting a golden opportunity that rolled just right of the cage. That would be the final attempt as Georgetown went into the half trailing, 2-1.
Butler struck early in the second half as a Hoya turnover at midfield gave the Bulldogs a 1v1 with his defender as Lewis Suddick sent it in to make the score 3-1 in the 55th minute.
The Hoyas never really found an answer until the 88th minute when the Blue & Gray cut the lead to one on a header by sophomore defender Brendan McDonough (Matthews, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) off of a scramble in the box. This made the score 3-2 as GU searched for the equalizer.
The opportunity never came, however, as a goal kick resulted in a 1v1 for Goldsmith and the final goal of the game which would make the score, 4-2. This would stand as the final.
Georgetown was outshot, 13-12, but took six corner kicks to Butler's three. Sophomore JT Marcinkowski (Alamo, Calif./De La Salle) took the loss in the net with four saves in the contest.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Saturday as the squad travels to Milwaukee, Wis., to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles in another BIG EAST Conference matchup. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET, and live stats are available at www.GUHoyas.com. The game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network.
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