Oct. 3, 2009
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer squad had its three-game conference win streak snapped Saturday evening in a 1-0 loss to No. RV/22 Connecticut (5-2-2, 4-1 BIG EAST) in Storrs, Conn. The No. RV/13 Hoyas allowed only one goal, but that score proved to be the difference in the defensive battle. With the loss, Georgetown falls to 6-3-1 on the season and to 3-2 in the BIG EAST.
"I thought we played very well tonight, I was proud of how hard the boys played and I think we were just unlucky," said Head Coach Brian Wiese. "We knew going in that whoever scored the first goal would probably win the game and that proved to be the case. We had our chances on set pieces but we just didn't take advantage of them and that was the difference."
The Hoyas were outshot in the first half but controlled much of the pace. The Blue & Gray had the ball in its attacking third for a majority of the half but couldn't get any solid looks. UConn, on the other hand, outshot Georgetown 7-2 but spent good portion of the half on defense.
"Len Coleman and Alex Verdi handled some dangerous situations very maturely," said Wiese. "They played really well and I think as a whole the team is maturing. We were solving problems on the field instead of waiting for halftime."
In the closing seconds of the first stanza, Husky Alan Ponce had the best look of the half going one-on-one against keeper Mark Wilber (Tijeras, N.M./Albuquerque Academy). Fortunately for Georgetown, he hit it wide as the Blue & Gray managed to keep it scoreless through the first 45 minutes. GU took four corners in the half, while UConn was awarded just one.
Connecticut had a number of opportunities to open the second, but didn't strike until the 55th minute. After a tough offsides call against the Hoyas, the Huskies countered as Tony Cascio took the pass from the middle of the box and managed to fire from the right side to make it 1-0.
"Against UConn that first goal is the most important," said Wiese. "They'll only give you limited chances and unless you take advantage of one, they'll make you pay."
Georgetown tried to match but couldn't get into an offensive rhythm as the Huskies had more solid looks in the half and the Hoyas were forced to play from behind. In the closing minute, Georgetown had its best chance of the night as freshman reserve Tommy Muller (Altamonte Springs, Fla./Trinity Prep) knocked it into the box from the right side but no one could get a foot on the ball to tap it in resulting in the 1-0 final.
"Our boys played incredibly hard tonight," said Wiese. "We gave Tommy Muller just two minutes to make something happen and in that time he almost assisted on a goal. Jimmy Nealis came in and gave us some great minutes. That was the type of effort we saw from the entire team."
The Blue & Gray was outshot 15-6 and took four corners to UConn's two, all of GU's corner kicks came in the first 45 minutes. Wilber had four saves in the game while Connecticut keeper Josh Ford tallied one save for the evening.
Georgetown will have its first mid-week conference game of the season this Wednesday as the Hoyas travel to Seton Hall to take on the Pirates 7 p.m.
"With the nature of our schedule, we've become road warriors," said Wiese. "Wednesday will be another hard game against a dangerous team in the BIG EAST but we're hoping that we can take what we learned on the road tonight and get a result."