No. 9 Hoyas Fall at Xavier, 2-1
Oct. 13, 2013
WASHINGTON - The No. 9 Georgetown University men's soccer squad (9-3-1, 1-1-1 BIG EAST) suffered a tough loss on Saturday evening at Xavier University (6-5-2, 2-2-0 BIG EAST) as the Hoyas fell, 2-1, in a BIG EAST Conference matchup at the XU Soccer Complex. It marked GU's first loss in the past nine games and just the third time this year that the Blue & Gray has not shutout its opponent.
"Tonight was a tough one," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "After Brandon (Allen) scored a great goal, they got a lucky one just before the half which really changed the complexion of the game. Credit to Xavier, they played a great game and handled some things that we didn't."
The Hoyas opened the scoring in the 31st minute as sophomore forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph's) outran three defenders to take it himself. Allen beat keeper Eric Osswald with a shot to the low right corner to put the Blue & Gray ahead, 1-0.
However, in the 45th minute, the Musketeers found the equalizer on a long pass from Garrett Halfhill. He sent it to Wes Walker who took one touch to get it past Georgetown keeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) to tie it going into the break.
Xavier dominated offensive play in the second half as the squad outshot Georgetown, 7-1, in the period. The game winner came in the 74th minute as two quick passes went once again to Walker who connected to make it 2-1.
Georgetown had one good look in the second as junior midfielder Tyler Rudy's (Olney, Md./Sherwood) shot was saved by Osswald, but the squad couldn't find an answer eventually falling, 2-1.
"It's difficult to get three points on the road in this league," said Wiese. "We're happy to having the bye week coming up and look forward to being back at home."
Georgetown was outshot, 13-7, and took four corner kicks to Xavier's three although all four came in the first half. Gomez managed three saves for the game, while Osswald tallied four.
The Blue & Gray will not have a midweek game as the team returns home to prepare for a matchup with No. 21 Butler University on Saturday at 1 p.m., at Shaw Field. Live stats and a webcast featuring Dan Helfrich and Tom Greaser will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.