MU Falls To Georgetown 1-0 In Extra Time
Oct. 26, 2013
MILWAUKEE - The 16th-ranked Marquette University men's soccer team fell to No. 9 Georgetown in extra time by a final score of 1-0 Saturday night at Valley Fields.
Georgetown's Ted Helfrich notched the decisive tally, his first goal of the season, in the 94th minute. Teammate Steve Neumann served a corner kick to the far post where Helfrich headed it in from the top right corner of the six-yard box.
It was MU's (9-4-2, 5-1-1 BIG EAST) first conference loss of the season, snapping the Golden Eagles' five-match unbeaten streak. With the win, Georgetown improves to 12-3-1 overall (5-1-1 BIG EAST) and moved into a first-place tie with Marquette atop the league table. Both sides have two matches remaining in the regular season.
Hoyas goalkeeper Tomas Gomez earned his league-leading ninth shutout of the season, while MU netminder Charlie Lyon surrendered his first goal in over 404 minutes after coming into Saturday's contest with three consecutive clean sheets.
Marquette's first chance of the match came in the 18th minute when midfielder Bryan Ciesiulka's strike was saved by Gomez. Gomez didn't handle the ball cleanly, but tracked down the loose ball before it crossed the goal line near the far post.
In the 36th minute, a back post header by MU's Adam Lysak was stopped by a Hoyas defender. Lysak argued for a hand ball but no call was made by the referee.
The Golden Eagles also had a flurry of activity in front of the goal late in the second half. Coco Navarro had a good look in the 74th minute from the top of the box, but his strike sailed high. In the 76th minute, a header by Nortey went wide right. Lysak's shot form the corner of the 6-yard box in the 77th minute was saved and Nortey's near-post volley in the 82nd minute scooted by the left post.
Additionally, MU had the first two tries in extra time as Axel Sjoberg's shot from the top of the 18 in the 91st minute was high, and Louis Bennett II's strike two minutes later wide right from 15 yards out.
Marquette, which out-shot the Hoyas in both periods of regulation and finished with a 17-13 advantage, has not found the back of the net since Bennett II tallied the game-winner in the 73rd minute at Providence prior to 0-0 draw at St. John's in the Golden Eagles' last time out.
Georgetown has now won five straight against Marquette, which includes a 2-1 double-overtime victory in last year's BIG EAST semifinal at PPL Park in Philadelphia.
Marquette returns home to host Seton Hall next Saturday, Nov. 2 at Valley Fields in the final home match of the 2013 regular season. There will be a brief ceremony prior to kick off to recognize the Golden Eagles' senior class.
Marquette Starters: Lyon (GK), Dillon, Sjoberg, Ciesiulka, Islami, Nortey, E .Pothast, Wahl, Hermsen, Bennett II, Navarro; Subs: Lysak, Parianos, Taylor