On Saturday afternoon in our nation’s capitol, Marquette men’s soccer stepped right into the woodchipper known as #7 Georgetown. The Hoyas, fresh off their win against #4 St. John’s earlier in the week, wrapped up action at Shaw Field with a 3-0 shutout victory against the Golden Eagles. MU drops to 7-7-1 on the season and 3-4-0 in Big East play. With nine points, the Golden Eagles are still inside the top six team cutoff for a conference tournament berth, but they’re right on the edge of the cutoff.
Miscues by the Golden Eagles ultimately spelled their doom on Saturday, as you can’t make the mistakes that they did and expect to beat the #7 team in the country. Things started off on the wrong foot quite literally in the 17th minute as Louis Yuill’s attempt at defense of GU’s Jacob Montes ended with Yuill tipping the ball into the Marquette net. 1-0, Hoyas, and it got worse.
Barely more than a minute later, the referee whistled a foul in the box against MU’s Patrick Seagrist. Nothing serious, but given the location, it meant a penalty kick for Georgetown. Achara cracked it past MU keeper Cedrik Stern, and bang: 2-0 Hoyas, less than 19 minutes spent.
You can’t do that to yourself.
From there, the match just tipped away from Marquette, as the Hoyas eventually outshot the Golden Eagles 17-7 at the end of 90 minutes. Georgetown tacked on an actual run of play goal in the 55th minute when Derek Dodson used feeds from Achara and Montes to poke in his sixth goal of the season.
Marquette had just two shots the rest of the game after that. The good news is that both of Josh Coan’s attempts were on frame, but GU keeper Giannis Nikopolidis saved both of them. The bad news is that two shots in 35 minutes when you’re down 3-0 isn’t particularly great. Shout out to Georgetown for deftly ending MU’s offensive attack when they didn’t need to do much on offense in their own regard for the remaining section of the match.
Up Next: Marquette will be off until Saturday. They’ll host Seton Hall for Senior Night on November 2nd as the Golden Eagles look to hold on to their top six positioning. The Pirates are winless in their last four and trail behind MU in the standings, but they went to a 1-1 draw on Saturday night with that same St. John’s team that Georgetown thrashed earlier this week.