First-Place Hoyas Defeat Marquette, 6-2
Oct. 23, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Those in attendance at North Kehoe Field for Saturday's BIG EAST Blue Division men's soccer match between Georgetown and Marquette University should have been advised to buckle up for a wild ride. In the end, it was the Hoyas who prevailed after 90 minutes of intense action with a 6-2 victory.
"When you come to Georgetown you have to play unbelievably tough defense, and you have to have the bodies to do it," said MU head coach Louis Bennett. "We have some injuries that have kept guys out and others who are struggling through some bumps and bruises. In the first half, we had to bunker in a bit."
A majority of the first half was played on Georgetown's (10-4-1, 6-1 BIG EAST) attacking part of the field, but it was Marquette (5-6-4, 2-3-2 BIG EAST) that scored the go-ahead goal in the sixth minute to take an early 1-0 advantage.
Midfielder Calum Mallace played a long diagonal pass to Amilcar Herrera on the left wing. The ball took a bounce just outside the six-yard box where a GU defender intercepted the pass and attempted to head it back to Hoyas goalkeeper Matthew Brutto. Instead, the ball went over the head of Brutto for the opening score.
Georgetown equalized in the 17th minute when Rob Burnett volleyed a cross from Seth C'DeBaca and found Ian Christianson in front of the goal for the first of two goals for Christianson on the afternoon.
GU's second goal came on a free kick in which the Golden Eagles tried to execute an offside trap. The offside flag never went up, however, and MU goalkeeper David Check was left on an island to face a wide-open, two-on-one opportunity for the Hoyas.
Bennett argued the non-offside call with the four officials, prompting the referee to issue a red card to Bennett in the 43rd minute.
"Obviously, I'm a little disappointed I got tossed," Bennett said. "But sometimes you have to take bullets for the lads, and at that stage in the game, it was my job to take a few bullets. We have a few guys with yellow cards, and I didn't want them getting into trouble and it was rather up to me to try to defuse the situation. Clearly, we thought it was offside."
With the Golden Eagles already facing an injury-depleted roster, midfielder Ryan Robb and Paul Monsen both left the pitch in the first half. Monsen received stitches at halftime and returned for the second half, while Robb also returned after aggravating his ankle.
Unknown at the time was the fact that defender Michael Alfano had suffered a concussion in the first half and was not allowed to re-enter the match following the intermission. Backup goalkeeper Keenan Flynn came in for Alfano to play central defender.
MU used six players off the bench to compensate for its slow start and the ensuing injuries. It was perhaps the most reserves used by MU in a regular season match in the Bennett era.
"I think what could have gone wrong, did go wrong," said Bennett, regarding the team's injury situation. "I don't think we've ever had to play a goalkeeper at defender in a regular season game."
The Hoyas outshot Marquette 9-5 in the first half and had nine corner kicks compared to none for the Golden Eagles.
Midfielder Amilcar Herrera, with a remarkable act of individual brilliance, got MU back on the board in the 56th minute. Herrera launched a shot from inside 30 yards that deflected off the cross bar and down across the goaline to make it 2-2. But the Hoyas answered less than a minute later to go back up 3-2 on a goal by Christianson.
Georgetown extended its lead to 4-2 on a cross by Henry Tembon that was directed at teammate Steve Neumann. Going in for the header, Flynn got caught up with Check in goal allowing Steve Neumann the space needed to receive Tembon's cross and find the back of the net in the 65th minute.
GU tacked on two more goals for extra measure late in the second half. It was the fourth time this season that the Hoyas had scored four or more goals at home this season, and is the most goals allowed by a Marquette squad since a 5-1 loss at Seton Hall in 2007. It was also the most total goals scored in an MU match in over six seasons.
The Golden Eagles dip below the .500 mark for the first time since their season-opening loss. Meanwhile, Georgetown holds onto the top spot in the Blue Division with its eighth straight victory.
MU continues on its two-game road trip Wednesday, Oct. 27 at West Virginia.
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