Men's soccer: Georgetown snaps Maryland's 30-game regular-season unbeaten streak with late goal
WASHINGTON - The No. 13 Georgetown University men's soccer squad (10-2-1) closed out nonconference play on Tuesday evening with a late 1-0 victory over the No. 3 University of Maryland (10-1-3) at Ludwig Field. The victory broke Maryland's 30-game unbeaten streak in regular season play, which spanned over two seasons.
"It was a great result for us, Maryland is one of the best teams in the country so to find a way to get a result at their place with their talent requires a good performance on both sides of the ball," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "Defense, keeping the ball and different guys stepping up at different moments made the difference tonight."
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The game winner came in the 88th minute on a counter attack as the Terps were pushing forward looking for the back of the net. Following a Terp shot, the Blue & Gray came roaring back as senior midfielder Christopher Lema found freshman midfielder Jacob Montes at the top of the box. Montes' right-footed strike netted his first career goal and gave the Hoyas the 1-0 advantage.
Early in the second half, it was Georgetown that looked as if it would score the first goal. The Hoyas controlled possession and pace, but could not find the back of the net.
The Terps looked dangerous as junior goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski was forced to make some big plays in the second half. He stopped one of the threats and the other clanged off of the crossbar to keep it moving into the final five minutes of play. The Hoyas would eventually score to solidify the 1-0 victory.
Maryland dominated first-half play as the Hoya defense was forced to step up and make some big stops. Both in the middle of the half and at the end, it looked as though Maryland would break through for the first goal. Despite the threat, the Terps did not, and the teams went into the break in a scoreless tie.
Georgetown was outshot, 12-6, but took five corner kicks to Maryland's four. Marcinkowski was awarded the shutout win with eight saves, while keeper Dayne St. Clair took the loss tallying two saves on the evening.
The Hoyas improved to 3-1-1 in their past five meetings with Maryland after losing the first 28 times.
"Once against, JT had a great performance with keys saves, and Lema was fantastic again," said Wiese. "It was a mature performance to get a result against that team and a fun derby. These are fun games that are a good advertisement for college soccer, and a fun game to play in."
Georgetown will return to BIG EAST Conference play with a Saturday matchup with the Seton Hall University Pirates at 1 p.m. at Shaw Field. The game will be Alumni Day as the team celebrates the 1997 team. It will also serve as a fundraiser for Grassroots Soccer and there will be a postgame clinic for all kids following the match.