Oct. 15, 2011
WASHINGTON - The No. 20 Georgetown University men's soccer squad suffered a tough 3-0 defeat on Saturday at North Kehoe Field to the No. 12 University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-3-4, 2-2-1 BIG EAST). The Hoyas outshot and outcornered the Fighting Irish, but defensive miscues allowed UND to take the lead which the Blue & Gray could not overcome. Georgetown is now 8-3-3 overall and 3-2-0 in BIG EAST play.
Both teams looked sharp on offense, but it was Notre Dame that managed to capitalize on opportunities.
"It's a difficult game, I'm disappointed because, had we executed, we could have won," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "It was just one of those days where we have a lot of stuff we're not connecting on. If we had just done a few things better and executed it could have been a different result."
Notre Dame struck in the 20th minute as the Irish combined with two quick flicks from Dillon Powers and Leon Brown to get it to Danny O'Leary who finished nicely making the score 1-0.
Georgetown's best opportunity of the day first came in the 41st minute when sophomore Joey Dillon(Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) headed a perfect ball to classmate Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) who fired to the far post where it ricocheted off of the inside and back out as the Hoyas went into the break trailing by one.
The Irish scored their second goal in the 60th minute when Michael Rose sent in a rebound off of a save by Georgetown's freshman keeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves). He fired from 18 yards out to make it 2-0.
UND made it 3-0 in the 74th minute on a bizarre goal as a ball sent in was headed away by a Notre Dame player but went back to Ryan Finley who had slipped behind the defense and headed it in. It made the score 3-0 which would stand as the final.
Things didn't get any better for the Blue & Gray late in the contest as sophomore Jimmy Nealis (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) was issued a straight red card for a foul on a breakaway which forced the Hoyas to play a man down for the remaining twelve minutes and will make Nealis unavailable for the following match.
Despite the loss, the offense had chances outshooting the Fighting Irish, 18-16, and taking six corners to their three. Gomez took the loss in the net with three saves, while UND's Will Walsh also posted three saves for the afternoon.
"Stats aren't what the game is about, it's about making plays and to our detriment we dug ourselves into a hole in the second half. Notre Dame is a very good team, but I feel like we didn't execute today."
The Hoyas will be back in action on Wednesday in a mid-week BIG EAST matchup against Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET. Live stats and an audio broadcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
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