Dec. 6, 2014
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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer team was just 53 seconds away from a trip to the College Cup when the University of Virginia Cavaliers (12-6-3) managed a late goal to tie the NCAA quarterfinal game on Saturday in front of a sellout crowd at Shaw Field. The squads tied 1-1 and the Cavaliers managed to advance on penalty kicks, 5-4, to end GU's season with a record of 14-4-5.
"In the end, I felt good about the game, I think there were a couple of things we should have done differently in the last five minutes which would have probably alleviated those opportunities," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "The boys played a really good game, I was really proud of them. There was a big crowd, there was a big occasion and it was a big game and they came out and played like that."
With time winding down, the Cavaliers sent a long ball forward looking for a last shot to even the score. They found it on a deflection in the box as Todd Wharton headed it into the top right corner to tie the game and send it into overtime.
In the first overtime, the Hoyas dominated play with four-consecutive corner kicks. Junior defender Josh Turnley (Beaver, Pa./Beaver Area) had a brilliant look that was saved to add 10 more minutes to the contest. In the second overtime, the Cavaliers sat back and didn't allow any Georgetown opportunities to end the game in a tie, and force the deciding penalty kicks.
The Hoyas connected on the first four kicks, but UVa matched them to set up the final attempt. Virginia managed to sneak it into the net, but GU's final attempt hit the post and bounced out to give the Cavaliers a trip to the College Cup.
Sophomore forward Alex Muyl (New York, N.Y./Bard) had the first two chances of the game as an early header went high, and another shot was left from close range.
The Hoyas possessed, but a foul allowed the Cavaliers to get in a good position. Less than 15 minutes in, solid play in the box gave Nicko Corriveau a shot, but senior goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) made a world-class save with his fingertips to keep it scoreless.
Georgetown then came down and served a number of balls into the box, but UVa stood strong. With 17 minutes left in the half, Virginia had a strike from the top of the box that went wide. The chances were few, but dangerous as the Hoyas controlled the pace and possession.
In the 39th minute, junior midfielder Melvin Snoh (Coatesville, Pa./Malvern Prep) served in an early ball which found the foot of freshman midfielder Arun Basuljevic (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) who had a wide open shot that was just high.
The final minute of the half was wild as the Cavaliers had a great look that was stopped and GU countered but no squad could find the goal as it was scoreless at the break.
Virginia came out with more pressure in the second resulting in some possession. However, the first set piece was a Georgetown corner as the Hoyas looked dangerous.
The game changer came in the 59th minute as senior Jared Rist (Durham, N.C./Riverside) sent in a long service. Junior defender Keegan Rosenberry (Ronks, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) hit an open shot that was blocked, but the ball rebounded out to an approach senior midfielder Austin Martz (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) who finished perfectly into the upper right corner to make it 1-0 as the sellout crowd went wild.
The Hoyas held on and wound down the clock, but it wouldn't be a simple result. The Cavaliers managed their last-second miracle to tie it and the Hoyas eventually had the College Cup pulled from their grasp.
Georgetown outshot Virginia, 16-8, and took eight corners to UVa's two. Gomez managed one save in the game, and keeper Calle Brown had three stops for the Cavaliers