No. 12 Marquette Draws 0-0 at No. 7 Georgetown
Oct. 4, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A battle between the BIG EAST Conference co-preseason favorites, No. 12 Marquette University (6-2-1, 0-0-1) and No. 7 Georgetown (6-1-4, 1-0-1), ended in a scoreless draw Saturday as the Golden Eagles extended their program-record shutout streak to seven matches.
"Any time you come into Georgetown and get something, that's and achievement," said MU head coach Louis Bennett, who admitted he would've liked three points in his BIG EAST opener, but was content with the result. "They're a good team, especially a good team at home."
Saturday's contest featured two of the top goalkeepers in the country, and their craftsmanship was on display in the clean sheet. MU's Charlie Lyon, who has not conceded a goal in 718:39 minutes, finished with five saves to tie his season high. Preseason BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year Tomas Gomez made four stops for the Hoyas.
Both teams produced four shots apiece in the opening half, with the first real scoring opportunity coming in the 13th minute when Lyon dove to his left to stop a well-struck ball by Georgetown's Alex Muyl.
Marquette's first corner kick of the afternoon came in the 18th minute. Gomez punched out the inswinger sent in by a Louis Bennett II. It ended up at the right foot of MU's Alex McBride who smashed a volley back at Gomez for the save.
Bennett II bounced a left-footed shot that was scooped up by Gomez six minutes into the second half. The Golden Eagles did not get another look until a point-blank header by Axel Sjoberg in the 70th minute that bounced off the chest of Gomez before he slapped it away with his right hand to avoid any further damage.
A free kick from 25 yards by Georgetown's Tyler Rudy in the 74th minute was sent over a wall of MU defenders. Rudy's strike would have snuck inside the right post but Lyon, who made a brilliant kick save earlier in the half, again reached into his bag of tricks with another diving stop.
Georgetown dominated possession down the stretch, as well as the first period of extra time, but the Hoyas were unable to find the go-ahead goal as the Golden Eagles' defense continued to work.
The second overtime belonged to MU. A corner kick resulted in a far-post header by John Pothast that went wide left, while an 18-yard shot by Coco Navarro and a back-heel by Nortey resulted in easy saves for Gomez.
It was the first-ever result at Georgetown (6-1-4, 1-0-1 BIG EAST) for MU head coach Louis Bennett, whose Golden Eagles (6-2-1, 0-0-1) were defeated in four previous attempts at Shaw Field.
"This was one of the more significant results in our more recent history," Bennett said. "I'm comfortable in the fact that we know who we are. Even when it was difficult to stick to the game plan, we stuck to the game plan. A lot of team would've folded under this kind of pressure."
Marquette returns home to host St. John's next Saturday, Oct. 11. MU also welcomes back former players and coaches as part of a celebration commemorating the 50th year of men's soccer at the University.
Lyon needs one more shutout to tie the all-time school record of 28 career shutouts set by Jim Welch.
Marquette Starters: Lyon; Alberts, Sjoberg, Pothast, Hermsen; Wahl, Bennett II, McBride; Navarro, Nortey, Selvaggi; Subs: Taylor, Trude, Szczepanek
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