Nov. 1, 2014
Box Score WASHINGTON -
The No. 13 Georgetown University men's soccer squad (10-3-4, 5-2-1 BIG EAST) downed the St. John's University Red Storm (4-9-4, 1-6-1 BIG EAST), 1-0, on Saturday at Shaw Field. A first-half Hoya goal was all it took for the Blue & Gray to come away with the victory.
Saturday was also Senior Day as the five members of the senior class were honored in a pregame ceremony. The group is 53-17-13 overall and 22-9-3 in BIG EAST Conference play to be one of the winningest classes in program history with two-consecutive NCAA Tournament berths including a trip to the national championship game in 2012.
"This is a group that, hopefully if you keep winning, you've made the NCAA Tournament three times in four years and there is only one other class that's been able to say that in the history of the program," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "They've been a part of a lot of great teams. This group is a special group for all of us as a coaching staff and it's great to see them capping off all of their careers in a way that is befitting of the quality of them as players."
The Hoyas had some early looks and possession clicking on all cylinders. Ten minutes into the contest, a long break for a Red Storm injury disrupted momentum for both teams as both squads tried to recover from the scary situation.
Following the break, St. John's had the first good look as a header off of a corner kick went wide left. Georgetown followed that with sustained possession, but no true chances.
Sophomore forward Alex Muyl (New York, N.Y./Bard) had a great run down the right side with 7:30 remaining in the first. At the endline, he sent it back where it found the head of freshman midfielder Arun Basuljevic (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac). Basuljevic headed it just right as the Hoyas searched for the back of the net.
A quick switch of play was the key to the Hoyas finding a goal as sophomore midfielder Bakie Goodman (Sarasota, Fla./Pine View School for the Gifted), who had looked sharp all game, passed it across to junior defender Josh Turnley (Beaver, Pa./Beaver Area). The defender looked for senior Jared Rist (Durham, N.C./Riverside) who collected it at the far endline. Rist sent it back into the box for Goodman who fired to the near corner making it 1-0 in the 41st minute.
The Blue & Gray went into the half leading 1-0.
The Red Storm had two good looks early with a pair of fouls outside the box giving St. John's some golden opportunities on free kicks. The Hoya defense stood strong through both to keep the lead.
A St. John's turnover at the middle of the field, gave the Hoyas a huge chance midway through the second. Goodman intercepted the pass and was on a break finding Basuljevic on his right. Basuljevic passed it off to junior forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph) who had a 1v1 with SJU keeper Jordan Stagmiller. The goalkeeper managed to get down and save it, but the Hoyas were clicking.
As the game wore on, the Hoyas began to have chances on counters. Allen was active on offense, but never had the opportunity to really get a good shot on goal.
With six minutes left, Daniel Herrera let one rip at the top of the box forcing Georgetown keeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) to dive to his left to make the save and control it.
From that point on, the Hoyas kept the ball going to the corners to take time off the clock and hold on for the 1-0 victory.
Georgetown outshot St. John's, 12-8, and took two corner kicks while the Red Storm attempted one. Both keepers managed two saves in the net, and Gomez took the shutout and save.
The win knocks St. John's out of BIG EAST Tournament contention and keeps the Hoyas in the hunt for one of the top seeds.
The Hoyas will close out regular season play on Saturday at Villanova University. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. Live stats and a webcast will be available through the Wildcats' athletic website.