WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men’s soccer team defeated the Villanova University Wildcats (6-7, 2-3 BIG EAST) in a BIG EAST Conference matchup on Friday evening at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. With the victory the Hoyas improve to 9-2-1 overall and 4-1 in BIG EAST play.
“I thought the first half was a really good performance by our guys,” said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. “We were good in the second half, but Villanova was able to gain some ground and ask some questions of our defense. We were fortunate to get the second goal on the counter.”
The Hoyas controlled the run of play early on as the squad tested Villanova keeper Will Steiner, with good looks at the cage. The Wildcat defense stood strong until the 31st minute when the Blue & Gray found the back of the net.
Freshman forward Derek Dodson (Aurora, Ill./Waubinsie Valley) had the ball at the top left corner of the box and sent it to the middle to junior midfielder Kyle Zajec (Westport, Conn./Staples) who hit a long strike past Steiner to make it 1-0 and tally his first career goal. Junior midfielder Ethan Lochner (New York, N.Y./Stuyvesant) was also credited with the assist.
Just minutes later, the Wildcats had a chance as the ball bounced around in the box on a cross and Georgetown keeper JT Marcinkowski (Alamo, Calif./De La Salle) made a big save. He was tested just a moment later on a header that he stopped to maintain the lead and eventually the shutout.
In the final minutes, sophomore midfielder Davey Mason (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) had an open look stopped by Steiner. The Hoyas went into the break leading, 1-0.
The Wildcats came out fired up in the second half as Villanova was on the attack. The Hoya defense was forced to defend for long stretches. The squad managed to stop each shot and the turning point came in the 79th minute.
With Villanova pressuring on a corner kick, Georgetown used it to its advantage beginning the counter attack. The ball was passed ahead to senior midfielder Declan McCabe (Weston, Mass./The Rivers School) who has been having an outstanding final campaign. McCabe sent it to senior forward Zach Knudson (Oakland, N.J./DePaul Catholic/NC State) who had a clinical finish with the low shot to make it 2-0 and solidify the victory.
The Wildcats were never able to get anything else going as the Blue & Gray went on to get the 2-0 win at the MLS stadium.
“It was a good game in a fun venue,” said Wiese. “Credit Villanova and the Philadelphia Union with putting on a good event on a great field in a great stadium.”
The Hoyas were outshot, 15-12, but took five corner kicks to the Wildcats’ four. Marcinkowski was awarded the victory with five saves in the game, while Steiner took the loss stopping four shots on goal.
The Hoyas will be back in action in a nonconference matchup at No. 3 Maryland on Tuesday evening in College Park, Md. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Live stats and a webcast on the Big Ten Network 2 Go will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.