Sept. 20, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer squad (3-2-2) used three-straight second-half goals to defeat the West Virginia University (2-5) Mountaineers, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. West Virginia scored first, but the Hoyas answered with a big offensive output to pick up their third win of the season.
"The team is really hitting its stride a bit," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "To go on road and carry a game like that is really good to see. We've had four games on the trot without a loss so things are starting to come around. Every good team has to have a couple of those games where you go down a goal and find a way to come back. The guys are getting frustrated not having a clean sheet, but I think these games will serve us well later in the season."
The Hoyas controlled a majority of the first half as the Mountaineers had just one free kick opportunity in the 23rd minute that went wide left.
Georgetown had two good looks in the first as a ball was sent in from the left side and senior midfielder Melvin Snoh (Coatesville, Pa./Malvern Prep) shot from the middle of the box, but WVU keeper Alec Boerner saved it. In the 30th minute, a foul on the right side set up a dangerous free kick for the Blue & Gray. Senior defender Keegan Rosenberry (Ronks, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) sent it to the far post and classmate Cole Seiler (Anderson, S.C./Christ Church Episcopal School) had an open diving header that went just over the crossbar to keep it scoreless.
Rosenberry tried to catch Boerner off his mark late in the first with a bending ball out of the run of play. However, the keeper made the stop near the right post. He came up big one more time as a GU counter resulted in a shot by junior midfielder Bakie Goodman (Sarasota, Fla./Pine View School for the Gifted) from point-blank range resulting in the kick save.
The Hoyas gained momentum with more counters testing the Mountaineer defense in the last five minutes. Even the final seconds of the half gave GU opportunities with the WVU defense on its heels. Each chance was thwarted, as the teams went into the break scoreless.
Georgetown controlled the pace early in the second half, but it was West Virginia that got on the board first. A disputed foul just outside the box, resulted in a WVU free kick that was bent around the wall and just out of reach of a diving JT Marcinkowski (Alamo, Calif./De La Salle) in the 54th minute to make it 1-0.
Just six minutes later, the Blue & Gray evened the score as a red card in the box by the Mountaineers resulted in a penalty kick for senior forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph) who buried it to tie the game at one and also put WVU a man down.
In the 66th minute, it was sophomore midfielder Matthew Ledder (Falls Church, Va./Gonzaga) who took it to his right by himself and shot to the open net well out of Boerner's reach to put the Blue & Gray on top.
The Hoyas continued to press and forced the West Virginia to come up with some big stops on the line off of corner kicks.
The dagger came in the 82nd minute when junior forward Brett Campbell (Wallingford, Pa./The Haverford School) got his own rebound and fought through the defense to fire it back in. His ball deflected off of Goodman's head and into the net to make it 3-1 and give the Hoyas some breathing room.
With a solid defensive effort, that would stand as the final as the Blue & Gray improved to 3-2-2 on the season.
Georgetown outshot West Virginia, 16-3, with 10 shots on goal to WVU's one. The Hoyas took seven corner kicks in the contest, while the Mountaineers were awarded just one. Marcinkowski took the win in the net despite no saves, while Boerner took the loss with seven saves to his credit.
"There were a lot of really good performances today," said Wiese. "Matthew Ledder is doing great and it's great to see him hitting his stride, and Bakie getting a goal is long overdue. To have a good performance on the road is satisfying, but the challenge will be the quick turnaround time. We'll have to rely on our depth and guys who come off the bench."
The Hoyas will close out non-conference play on Wednesday as the squad welcomes local-rival the No. 10/12 University of Maryland Terrapins to Shaw Field for a 4 p.m., matchup. Live stats and a webcast will be available through www.GUHoyas.com. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at www.WeAreGeorgetown.com.