Nov. 3, 2007
Washington, D.C. - In a terrific college soccer game to watch, the Georgetown University men's soccer team played to a 0-0 draw against No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon at North Kehoe Field. Georgetown 7-10-1 overall and 5-5-1 in BIG EAST action, the No. 5 seed in the BIG EAST Blue Division now travel to Tampa, Florida to take on the No. 4 seed in the Red Division, USF on Wednesday. November 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Notre Dame outshot the the Hoyas 11-0 in the first half but just two of the shots were on goal with Georgetown senior Joe Devine (Exton, Pa./The Haverford School) making two of his three saves.
Irish sophomore Justin Morrow blistered a right-footed shot with 14:25 to go in the first half that was deflected resulting in a Notre Dame corner kick. Three minutes later, after a Notre Dame counter attack, senior Alex Yoshinaga hit a left-footed shot that gave the Irish another corner kick.
Notre Dame (10-3-5, 7-0-4) had the first half's best chance with 9:54 to go before intermission. Senior Joseph Lapira played a gorgeous ball, crossing the field with a 45-yard pass to the right side of the field that Yoshinagu three-touched with no one in front of him, ripping a shot from 15 yards out that went high.
The Hoyas recorded all nine of their shots after halftime, putting three of them on net. Junior Sean Bellomy (Dallas, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) blasted a half volley from 18 yards away with 7:30 to go in the second overtime that was blocked. The rebound came right back to Bellomy whose second shot attempt was way too high.
With just under six minutes to go in regulation, Georgetown freshman Seth C'deBaca (Albuquerque, N.M./Sandia Prep) hit a perfectly placed through ball to classmate Chandler Diggs (Coppell, Texas/Coppell) to set up Diggs for a breakaway. Diggs controlled the bouncing ball and hit a right footed shot that Notre Dame goalkeeper Chris Cahill blocked with his leg after coming way off his line.
"It took us a really, really long time for us to get going today," said second year head coach Brian Wiese. "We did a much better job of keeping the ball and moving the ball after halftime.
"At the end of regulation, we told the boys `a tie does nothing for us so let's win it', Wiese said. "The boys responded and gave ourselves some terrific opportunities especially in the overtime periods."
The Hoyas really controlled the pace with one offensive chance after another in the overtime sessions.
The Irish held an advantage in total shots, 16-9 and corner kicks, 8-7.
Cahill finished with two saves while Devine notched three stops.
Prior to the match, Georgetown seniors, Devine, Richard Diaz (Lakewood, Calif./St. John's Bosco) and Mike Glaccum (Philadelphia, Pa./La Salle) were recognized as the trio was playing in its final home game.
With Connecticut's 1-0 win at Seton Hall on Saturday, Notre Dame finishes second in the BIG EAST Blue Division. The Huskies and Irish earn a bye in the BIG EAST Tournament first round.
It's the 18th time the Hoyas have finished BIG EAST play with at least a .500 record.