WASHINGTON, D.C. — No. 2 Connecticut advanced to 10-0-1 and handed No. 3 Georgetown its first defeat of the season with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday. Andre Blake made seven saves on the day to earn the result. Georgetown drops to 10-1-1.
UConn forwards Mamadou Doudou Diouf and Allando Matheson scored for Connecticut.
Georgetown finished with an 18-14 edge in shots, including an 8-6 edge in shots on goal.
“I thought this was a very good overall performance. We didn’t have our A-game, but we were good enough on the day,” UConn head coach Ray Reid said. “That’s a very good team. Very well coached and organized. They’re one of the best teams we’ve played all year. We were very resilient and strong today.”
Blake was sensational from the opening whistle, making six saves in a first half which saw Georgetown take the early momentum. The Hoyas outshot Connecticut in the opening 45 minutesn 12-6. Blake made several highlight saves to rob Brandon Allen in the opening 20 minutes.
“He’s the best goalkeeper in America. Plain and simple,” Reid said. “He makes incredible saves and he makes them look easy. We are very fortunate to have him here.”
Allen had chances from straight on within 15 yards stopped in the 11th minute and the 15th, both denied with diving saves to Blake’s left at the far post.
The Huskies weathered the early pressure and opened the scoring with a free kick goal from Mamadou Doudou Dioufat in the 39th minute.
Georgetown keeper Keon Parsa committed a hand ball at the top of the box. With the Georgetown defense protesting the referee’s decision and scrambling to set up a wall, Diouf took a quick restart and fired into the nearly empty net for his eighth goal of the season to tie Allen atop the Big East leaders.
Minutes later, Blake made his third stop on Allen from inside the box, diving once again to his left and parrying the ball away from danger on a shot from 14 yards out.
Georgetown ended the half ahead on shots 12-6, but the Huskies went into the locker room up on the scoreboard 1-0.
Connecticut made it 2-0 off the head of Allando Matheson at 63:11. Max Wasserman sent a short corner kick to left back Flo Liuat to the top left corner of the box. Liu’s cross towards the penalty spot curled right to Matheson for a flick into the far post. It was Matheson’s sixth goal of the season with Liu and Wasserman earning their first and fourth assists, respectively.
After Georgetown pulled within one in the 66th minute, Parsa made a brilliant save to keep it 2-1 in the 78th minute, robbing Alvarez from what looked like a sure goal. With Parsa stationed on the left post, Alvarez took a pass from Diouf 14 yards out and fired towards the right side. Parsa dove clear across the goal line and robbed Alvarez and UConn of an insurance tally.
The Hoyas sent numbers forward in the remaining 12 minutes but the UConn defense held strong to secure the road victory.