Oct. 8, 2016
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's men's soccer squad (3-7-1, 1-2-1 BIG EAST) played to a 1-1 draw against the Marquette University Golden Eagles (3-4-3, 0-2-1 BIG EAST) on Saturday in Milwaukee, Wis., at the Klein Family/KBS Soccer Pavilion. It was Georgetown's first tie of the season.
"It was a gritty performance," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "We had a lot of pieces that we had to move around this week due to some injuries, and the group that stepped in did a good job. They created enough chances to get a win, and with all of the moving parts I'm just really pleased with their performance and to pick up a point on the road in the BIG EAST."
Marquette controlled the first few minutes, but from that point on it was all Georgetown as the Hoyas held possession and were awarded three corner kicks.
In the 14th minute, the chances paid off as the Blue & Gray scored off of a setpiece. Junior midfielder Christopher Lema (Ridgefield, N.J./St. Stephen's Episcopal School) tapped in the short corner to junior midfielder Arun Basuljevic (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac). He took two touches to free himself and sent it in to senior PJ Koscher (Bel Air, Md./Archbishop Curley). The defender took a touch and shot it into the lower left corner beating keeper Luis Barraza to make it 1-0.
The goal was Koscher's first of his career.
In the 32nd minute, the defense was tested as a shot from close range was blocked and two more rebounds were stopped in the scramble as the Blue & Gray held on to the one-goal lead.
In the final 15 seconds of the half, Marquette had a corner that gave the squad one last chance. However, the defense managed to stop the attempt and Georgetown went into the break leading, 1-0.
In the first minute of the second half, the Hoyas had a golden opportunity off of a free kick as senior forward Brett Campbell's (Wallingford, Pa./The Haverford School) shot went high.
In the 59th minute, the Hoya defense was pinned in and forced to continue to clear as Marquette pushed up searching for the equalizer. The defense had another scare in the 65th minute when an open shot went just left of the post.
On the opposite end, Campbell had almost the same opportunity with just the keeper to beat. His touch hit off of the right post as Georgetown couldn't find the second goal. On the counter, the Golden Eagles were awarded a penalty kick that went to the top left corner to tie it in the 67th minute.
The Hoyas looked like they had another goal in them in the 74th minute as a counter from Campbell resulted in four good looks, but all were stopped by the Marquette defense.
From that point on, Marquette controlled possession. The Georgetown defense stood strong and regulation ended tied at one.
The Golden Eagles had the lone chance in the first overtime as a header in the final minute went just wide. In the second overtime, Georgetown dominated play as the offense had a number of good looks at the goal. However, each attempt was stopped including a shot at the buzzer as the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
The Hoyas outshot the Golden Eagles, 17-14, and took nine corners to Marquette's three. Sophomore goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski (Alamo, Calif./De La Salle) had three saves, while Barraza tallied seven on the afternoon.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 15 as the squad returns home to take on the DePaul University Blue Demons at 1 p.m., at Shaw Field. The game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network with Dan Helfrich and Tom Greaser calling the action. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
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