WASHINGTON - The No. 18, and second-seeded, Georgetown University men's soccer squad will host the third-seeded St. John’s University Red Storm (9-6-3) in a BIG EAST Championship Semifinal matchup on Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m., at Shaw Field. The Hoyas are currently 12-3-2 on the season.
Two members of the squad earned BIG EAST Conference honors on Monday in the league’s final set of awards. Freshman forward Derek Dodson (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week and classmate Jack Beer (Thornwood, N.Y./Byram Hills) earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honors.
Dodson scored two goals in the Hoyas’ 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Creighton on Wednesday, the final day of the 2017 regular season. Dodson scored the game-winning goal in the 77th minute. He followed it up with an insurance goal in the 83rd to help lock up the No. 2 seed for Georgetown and a first-round bye in the upcoming BIG EAST Championship, presented by Jeep. Dodson has eight goals this season, six in league play.
Beer scored his first collegiate goal in Georgetown's win over Creighton. His goal came in the 30th minute, tying the game at 1-1 after the Bluejays had taken a one-goal lead. Beer’s goal started a Hoya rally that helped the Blue & Gray earn a first-round bye in the tournament. This is Beer’s first weekly honor.
Additionally, Dodson was named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year as well as earning a spot on the second team. Senior captain Christopher Lema (Ridgefield, N.J./Ridgefield Memorial) and junior defender Brendan McDonough (Matthews, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) were named to the first team, while junior goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski (Alamo, Calif./De La Salle) and senior forward Declan McCabe (Weston, Mass./The Rivers School) joined Dodson on the second team.
Three Hoyas were named to the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team including Dodson, Jacob Montes (Lake Worth, Fla./Beaverton [Ore.]) and Sean O’Hearn (Mountville, Pa./Hempfield).
Dodson is leading the way for the Blue & Gray with eight goals and two assists for 18 points on the season. He is followed by sophomore forward Achara (Enugu, Nigeria/Berkshire School [Mass.]) with six goals and one assist for 13 points on the year. McCabe and Lema round out the top three with 11 points apiece on the year.
In the goal, Marcinkowski has made 54 saves with a 0.63 GAA in 1,578:48 minutes played. He also has eight shutouts on the year.
The Red Storm earned a spot in the conference semifinals thanks to a win at home on Saturday night against Creighton. The Johnnies wasted no time getting on the board, scoring twice in the first 6:53 to take a commanding two-goal lead before winning the contest by a final score of 3-1. Sophomore Alistair Johnston, the team's leader with six goals on the year, paced the Red Storm with two tallies against Creighton for his second brace of the season. Classmate Matt Forster added a goal and an assist while senior Harry Cooksley, who was named the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year just one day prior, became the first St. John's player since 2010 and just the 16th Johnny in program history to register three assists in a game.
Georgetown is 8-22-3 all-time against the Red Storm and 5-8-1 at home. Earlier this season, GU fell to St. John’s, 1-0, in New York earlier this season. The last meeting at Shaw Field was a 1-0 Hoya victory in 2016.
The Hoyas are 13-19-5 overall in the BIG EAST Tournament and 7-1-1 at home as well as 5-7-1 in the semifinals. Georgetown is 2-4 in the tournament against the Red Storm with the lone semifinal meeting coming in the 1992 season, a 2-1 Hoya loss.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m., at Shaw Field. Live stats will be available through www.GUHoyas.com.
The game will be broadcast for free on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) featuring Dan Helfrich and Tom Greaser calling the action.
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The winner of Wednesday's contest will play the winner of No. 1 Butler and No. 4 Xavier at the home of the higher seed on Sunday at noon. The game will be broadcast nationally live on FOX Sports 2.