WASHINGTON - The No. 9 Georgetown University men's soccer squad (8-2-1, 3-1 BIG EAST) will travel to Pennsylvania for a matchup with the Villanova University Wildcats in a BIG EAST Conference matchup on Friday evening at the Philadelphia Union’s Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
On Monday, three members of the team earned BIG EAST Conference honors. Senior midfielder Declan McCabe (Weston, Mass./The Rivers School) was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week and junior JT Marcinkowski (Alamo, Calif./De La Salle) earned BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week honors. Rounding out the awards was freshman forward Derek Dodson (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) who was named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week.
McCabe had an impressive offensive showing on Friday afternoon in a 3-0 win over then-No. 15 Butler. McCabe had a “foot” in each of the Hoyas’ three goals for four points against the previously undefeated in league action Butler. McCabe scored the eventual game winner, drawing first blood at the end of the second minute of play. McCabe helped make it 2-0 in the 10th minute as he assisted Achara’s (Enugu, Nigeria/Berkshire School [Mass.]) goal. McCabe added his second assist of the match on Dodson’s insurance goal in the 34th minute.
Marcinkowski earned his fourth shutout victory of the season, behind three goals by the Hoya offense in the Butler win. He had three saves in the 90 minutes, and a 1.000 save percentage.
Dodson scored the insurance goal for two points against Butler. Dodson’s goal was his fourth of the season, he ranks second on the team in points with 11 and is second in goals with five including one on Monday in a loss to then-No. 19 Duke.
Sophomore forward Achara (Enugu, Nigeria/Berkshire School [Mass.]) is leading the way for the Blue & Gray with six goals for 13 points on the season. He is followed by Dodson with five goals and one assist for 11 points on the year. McCabe rounds out the top three with two goals and a squad-high four assists for eight points on the year. Freshman Jacob Montes (Lake Worth, Fla./Beaverton [Ore.]) also has a squad-best four assists on the year.
In the goal, Marcinkowski has made 28 saves with a 0.80 GAA in 1018:48 minutes played.
Villanova is 6-6-0 overall and 2-2 in BIG EAST conference play heading into Friday’s matchup. Last Saturday, Villanova put together a 2-1 victory over Xavier to improve to .500 overall and in league play. Seniors Lucas Hodges and Christopher Bared tallied goals for the Wildcats in the victory.
The Hoyas are 25-11-5 all-time against the Wildcats, this is the first meeting at a neutral site. Last year, Georgetown downed ‘Nova, 3-2, at Shaw Field as two goals within 10 minutes of each other solidified the victory. The last meeting in Pennsylvania was a 2-1 Hoya victory during the 2015 campaign.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com. Adult tickets are $15 and children will be admitted for $5. Parking in the stadium lot is free.