MU Drops First BIG EAST Match In 3-2 Loss To No. 24 Georgetown
Oct. 19, 2011
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's soccer team suffered a 3-2 defeat to No. 24 Georgetown on a cold and rain-filled Wednesday night at Valley Fields. Senior Calum Mallace and Freshman Kelmend Islami each netted goals in the Golden Eagles' first BIG EAST Conference loss of the season.
The game was delayed twenty minutes and moved to the FieldTurf portion of Valley Fields due to the grass field being flooded from consistent rain and 50 mph wind gusts.
Marquette falls to 7-6-2 overall and 5-1-0 in league play with the loss, while Georgetown improves to 9-3-3 overall and 4-2-0 in conference play.
Georgetown tallied the first goal of the match in the sixth minute following a free kick form the right side. Junior Tommy Muller came up with the ball off the free kick and found teammate Ben Slingerland in front of the net with a short pass, Singerland flicked the ball to the far post to give the Hoyas an early 1-0 lead.
Marquette tied the match up in the 24th minute when Mallace launched a shot from 30 yards out that was blocked by Georgetown goalkeeper Tomas Gomez. Islami was positioned right in front of the net and scored off a rebound to even the match 1-1.
Following a Georgetown foul in the 36th minute, Mallace sent in a 40-yard blast off a free ball that found the back of the net, sending MU into intermission with a 2-1 lead. With the goal and the assist, Mallace notched three points in the match.
After a back-and-fourth start to the second half, sophomore Steve Neumann scored both the equalizer and the game-winner for the Hoyas at the 79:14 and 83:07 minute marks of the second half. The goals were Neumann's eighth and ninth of the season. Tyler Rudy and Andy Riemer each picked up assists on the goals.
MU threatened once more in the closing minutes as freshman forward C. Nortey missed a shot wide left in front of the goal.
Marquette held a dominating offensive presence in the match, holding an 18-8 shot advantage over the Hoyas.
The Golden Eagles will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 22 when they travel to take on Seton Hall for a noon CT kickoff. The match can be heard on WMUR Marquette Radio and live stats will be available on Gomarquette.com
Marquette Starters: Check; Dillon, Holowaty, Pothast, Alfano; Robb, Mallace, Ciesiulka; Selvaggi, Jansson, Nortey (Subs: Huftalin, Lysak, Islami)
Georgetown Starters: Gomez; Otegbeye, Muller, Van Hollen, Slingerland; Dillon, Christianson, Rudy, Neumann, Riemer, Skelly (Subs: Martz, Padilla, Snyder)