Tarzian's five goals help Georgetown hold off Louisville in Big East showdown
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- No. 8 Georgetown (7-2, 2-0) earned its consecutive Big East victory by defeating No. 20 Louisville (7-3, 0-2) 14-11 at Multi-Sport Field.
With the game tied at nine after the first half, the Hoyas used a 5-2 scoring advantage in the second half to secure the victory. Head coach Ricky Fried now has 100 wins as the leader of the Hoyas. Sophomore Caroline Tarzian had her third five-goal game of the season along with one assist to lead the Blue and Gray. Louisville's Kaylin Morissette also scored five goals on the day.
In a very physical game, Georgetown battled through 33 fouls and seven yellow cards by Louisville. The Hoyas were called for 19 fouls and one yellow card. The Cardinals were able to win 14 of 27 draws but GU won the ground ball battle 16-13. Adrianne Devine led GU in ground balls with three. The Hoyas were able to force Louisville into 19 turnovers and a 10 of 22 success rate on clears.
"We stepped up against a good team in the second half and made stops when we needed them." head coach Ricky Fried said.
The Hoyas never trailed in the game, but the first half was played evenly as both teams entered halftime knotted at nine. Georgetown jumped out to a 3-0 lead four minutes into the contest. Senior Dina Jackson began the scoring with a Tarzian assist. Back-to-back unassisted scores gave the Hoyas a three-goal lead, Sophia Thomas netted one and Jackson buried her second. Cincinnati responded with two unanswered goals before Tarzian scored her first of five.
Holding a 4-3 lead with just more than 15 minutes to play, Kelyn Freedman scored off a free-position shot and then assisted Rosie Corcoran to build a 6-3 Hoya lead. Louisville then began to control the draw and ran off three consecutive goals to tie the contest. Georgetown matched the Cardinals three goal run with one of its own to open a 9-6 lead. Corinne Etchison hit two of the scores and a Tarzian goal was sandwiched in between.
Down three with 10 minutes remaining in the half, Louisville once again scored three unanswered goals, including the tying score with three seconds left on the clock.
For the second time in the game, the Hoyas regrouped after giving up three consecutive goals by netting three of their own to start the second half. Corcoran fed Tarzian just 50 seconds into the period to regain the lead. Freedman then streaked up the middle and jumped high into the air in front of the crease and buried her second goal. Tarzian scored again and GU held a 12-9 lead with 22:29 to play.
The Cardinals were not done, pulling within one goal 12-11 at the 12-minute mark. The Cardinals then forced a failed clear and UL's Morissette had a one-on-one with GU keeper Barb Black. Black made a save and allowed GU to score the next two. Etchison opened a two-goal lead before Tarzian netted her final goal of the day.
Louisville made one more run at the Hoya defense but Black had another stop before GU ran out the final minutes.