WASHINGTON - The No. 10 Georgetown University men’s soccer team used a trio of first-half goals to secure the 3-0 victory over the No. 15 Butler University Bulldogs (7-3, 3-1 BIG EAST) Friday afternoon at Shaw Field in a BIG EAST Conference matchup. With the victory, the Hoyas improve to 8-1-1 overall and 3-1 in BIG EAST play.
“Butler’s a good team, we did a really good job of taking them out of their game,” said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. “I think they were a little bit shattered by the end of the first half, dropping those goals early and we did a good job of keeping the ball so they were chasing. The game was really won in the first 20 minutes.”
The Hoyas came out aggressively and immediately on the attack. It didn’t take long as Achara (Enugu, Nigeria/Berkshire School [Mass.]) got around his defender on the left side in just the second minute. Butler goalkeeper Eric Dick came out, but Achara poked it beyond him to senior midfielder Declan McCabe (Weston, Mass./The Rivers School) at the far post who had a technical finish to make it 1-0.
The Hoyas continued to pressure and it didn’t take long for another goal to come as Achara fought through two defenders and took it himself in the 10th minute to finish at the far post to make it 2-0. McCabe assisted on the play.
The Georgetown offense looked dangerous throughout the first half as Dick was forced to make two big saves, one on another Achara opportunity, and a header from junior defender Brendan McDonough (Matthews, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) went just wide.
In the 35th minute, Georgetown added one more as McCabe found freshman forward Derek Dodson (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) on his left. Dodson’s shot bounced over Dick’s outstretched arm to make it 3-0 and it gave McCabe his fourth point of the contest.
Butler’s best look of the half was in the final seconds as a served in ball was headed toward GU keeper JT Marcinkowski (Alamo, Calif./De La Salle) who made the save to make it 3-0 heading into the break.
The second half was much like the first as Georgetown controlled the pace and the Butler offense could never really challenge Marcinkowski. As the coaching staff mixed in different players, the pace stayed to the Hoyas’ advantage as GU fought to preserve the shutout.
The Hoyas would manage to hold on for the 3-0 victory.
Georgetown outshot Butler, 19-6, and took five corner kicks to the Bulldogs’ three. Marcinkowski was awarded the victory with three saves, while Dick managed seven stops on the afternoon.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Monday in a nonconference matchup with the No. 19 Duke University Blue Devils. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Shaw Field. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com. A webcast will be available on HoyasLive on FOX Sports Go featuring Dan Helfrich and Jared Rist.