Oct. 25, 2014
Box Score WASHINGTON -
The No. 17 Georgetown University men's soccer squad (8-3-4, 3-2-1 BIG EAST) got back on the winning track with a 1-0 victory over the No. 2 Creighton University Bluejays (11-2-2, 4-1-1 BIG EAST) Saturday evening at Morrison Stadium in a BIG EAST Conference matchup. The result handed Creighton its first conference loss and snapped a seven-game unbeaten streak for the Bluejays.
"Creighton is a really good team, I was impressed with them," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "They're physical, technical, talented, athletic and playing at home so they were just a handful. I thought it was a gritty performance for our guys. We knew it would come down to someone making a great play, and we took a half-chance and turned it into a goal."
The game was physical from the beginning, as both ranked teams were looking to come away with three points.
The Bluejays had possession as the game began and the home team had more opportunities through the midfield. Georgetown's first good chance came 25 minutes in as sophomore forward Brett Campbell (Wallingford, Pa./The Haverford School) freed himself from the backline, but his touch failed him. Just moments later, Campbell had another look forcing CU keeper Connor Sparrow to make a quick save off of his line.
Creighton's best chance came late in the half as a shot from the top corner of the box saw senior goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) come up with a big stop to keep it scoreless. He managed another routine save in the following minutes as the Bluejays continued to pressure.
In the final five minutes of the first half, the Hoyas dominated possession, but couldn't get off a good shot to test the defense as the squads went into the break in the scoreless tie.
The Blue & Gray continued to possess as the second half began. However, the first good look of the half was off of a Bluejay corner kick as the header went just over the crossbar.
The corner gave Creighton momentum as the Bluejays began to pass it around looking to shoot it in. The Hoya backline stood strong and Gomez came up with a big save.
With a little more than 20 minutes left in regulation, the Hoyas had a dangerous cross get knocked out. The Bluejays answered with a long possession that forced to the defense to stay on its toes.
The only goal of the game came in the 72nd minute in a play started on the defensive end by sophomore defender Joshua Yaro (Santa Barbara, Calif./Cate School). The defender gained possession on the other end of the field and sent it up sophomore forward Alex Muyl (New York, N.Y./Bard) at the midfield. Muyl passed it to senior midfielder Austin Martz (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) on the far side who found freshman midfielder Arun Basuljevic (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) on the near side all alone. Basuljevic took his opportunity and shot back to the far post past Sparrow coming out of the net to give the Hoyas the 1-0 lead.
It was the first goal for the Hoyas in 192 minutes of play, and a key score in the important conference game.
"Arun's goal was really a half chance that turned into a great chance," said Wiese. "He was calm and finished, it was a well-taken goal."
With 18 minutes to go, the Bluejays battled to find the equalizer as the Blue & Gray tried to slow it down. Creighton had chances with three-consecutive corner kicks forcing the defense to work. The Bluejays had a look in the 88th minute, as Gomez laid out for the save. With one second on the clock, Timo Pitter sent it in and Gomez made the stop to secure the 1-0 shutout.
The Hoyas were outshot, 9-4, and took just one corner kick to Creighton's six. Gomez took the shutout victory in the net with four saves, while Sparrow had the loss posting one save for the contest.
"We had to defend for stretches, and had to control the ball for stretches," said Wiese. "I thought Cole Seiler and Joshua Yaro were tremendous in the center of the backline, and Tomas was calm in goal. Tyler Rudy made some great defensive plays, and Jared Rist came in as a midfielder just because the game demanded his presence."
The Hoyas won't have a break, as the squad hosts the No. 16 Xavier University Musketeers on Wednesday at 2 p.m., at Shaw Field. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.