WASHINGTON - The No. 10 Georgetown University men’s soccer team fell, 2-1, to the No. 19 Duke University Blue Devils (10-2-1) on Monday afternoon at Shaw Field in nonconference play. The Hoyas mounted a comeback, but Duke quickly responded to move Georgetown to 8-2-1 on the season.
“I think you saw just 15 minutes in that we were going to need a lot of legs today,” said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. “It’s hard when you lose the first goal because they you’re chasing, but I think the disappointment was the second goal. That was a bad goal on our part for a lot of reasons, and then we were chasing again. That was the difference in the game.”
The Hoyas could not find chances early in the game as the best look of the first half was a header from sophomore defender Dylan Nealis (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) that went high off of a set piece.
The Blue Devils found the back of the net in the 25th minute as Jack Doran served a ball in from the left side and a header from Brian White beat GU keeper JT Marcinkowski (Alamo, Calif./De La Salle) to make it 1-0.
Georgetown wouldn’t find the equalizer before the break as Duke went into the half leading, 1-0.
The Blue & Gray continued to push and found the answer in the 66th minute. Nealis shot a good ball at Duke keeper Will Pulisic. The goalkeeper wasn’t able to handle the save and it bounced to freshman forward Derek Dodson (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) at the far post who sent it right back in to tie the game.
The tie would last just over a minute as the Hoya defense was caught out of position allowing Daniel Wright to run down the left side and take it himself, firing to the far post to put the Blue Devils back on top 2-1.
The goals sparked a change in pace in the contest as the Hoyas, lining up with a number of reserves, whipped in dangerous balls testing Pulisic and searching for the equalizer.
In the final minutes, Georgetown had chances as the Blue Devil defense compressed in. The Hoyas took the opportunities presented, but could not come away with a goal to eventually fall, 2-1.
The Blue & Gray outshot the Blue Devils, 19-8, and took six corner kicks to Duke’s four. Marcinkowski took the loss with three saves on the afternoon, while Pulisic was awarded the victory, notching eight stops in the game.
The Hoyas will continue BIG EAST Conference play on Friday as the squad travels to Pennsylvania to battle the Villanova University Wildcats at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.