Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Hoyas Escape with 1-0 Win at American

Yesterday's hero: Hoyas freshman D Joshua Yaro

Defender Joshua Yaro headed in a Steve Neumann corner kick with just over five minutes remaining, to lift the Georgetown Men's Soccer Team to a 1-0 victory over American University in front of 334 at Reeves Field yesterday. The clash between cross town rivals was surprisingly close, as the game Eagles matched the nationally ranked (#11) Hoyas stride for stride for the better portion of 85 minutes.

The Hoyas were playing their first match since their thrilling (and exhausting) scoreless tie with third ranked Creighton on Saturday; and it showed early on. The first half was plagued with countless throw-ins and a frantic pace, that prevented either team from making a concerted run at their opponent's goal. AU actually outshot Georgetown 6-5 in the first half, and had two good chances at scoring (including a laser shot from Joe Iraola that just missed the top crossbar.) Hoyas junior goalkeeper Tomas Gomez made both saves, in pitching his sixth shutout of the season (he combined on another with Keon Parsa vs. Penn.)

Hoya M Tom Skelly (#17) races past AU's Cristobal Soto (#10)

The second half was another story however, as Georgetown took control of the game... outshooting AU 8-3 and holding a 3-1 edge in corner kicks (including the final one, which resulted in Yaro's game winner.) The Hoyas improved to 7-2-1 on the year, while the Eagles slipped to 3-4-2.

Corner kick - AU senior M Patrick Mehlert

Next up for Georgetown? The Hoyas return to Shaw Field this Saturday at 1:00 PM to host conference rival Seton Hall (2-4-2.) Meanwhile, American travels to Holy Cross for a Patriot League showdown with Holy Cross (3-4-1) at 7:00 Saturday night. The Eagles return home on Wednesday, October 9th to host Navy (who may or may not be able to play, pending the Government shutdown.) If I were a betting man, I'd make plans to be at Reeves Field for the 3:00 PM kickoff.

Eagles junior M Conor Osborne

AU senior GK Billy Knutsen

Hoyas' top scorer Brandon Allen kept a close eye on Knutsen, but couldn't get goal #7