Hoyas add to Hall troubles
The Georgetown Hoyas scored two late goals to beat the men’s soccer team 2-1 on Wednesday, extending the Hall’s losing streak to four.
The Pirates entered the game against the Georgetown Hoyas winless in their last four games against Big East teams.
“It was a very important game for us,” head coach Manny Schellscheidt said. “You expect to win at home and hoping to get three more points.”
The game started slowly with both teams playing evenly until the Pirates started up.
In the 13th minute, the Hall had their first scoring chance of the game when a header from junior Dritan Sela went wide right after the cross from junior Tony Dominguez.
The Pirates continued to put offensive pressure on the Hoyas earning a corner kick in the 29th minute.
On the corner from junior Brayan Martinez, junior Kurt Cameron went up for the ball and headed it past Georgetown goalkeeper Matthew Brutto for his first goal of the season and the first of the game, giving the Hall a 1-0 lead.
“We came into the game wanting to get the score in control,” Schellscheidt said. “We expect (Georgetown) to keep going and just have to stop them.”
After the goal, Seton Hall kept the offensive pressure on the Hoyas, continuing to take shots, ending the first 45 minutes of play with 12 shots. Brutto, who made six saves, kept the game close.
The Hall’s defense held the Hoyas to only three shots in the first half, with senior goalkeeper Paul McHenry making a save on the only shot on target to the net.
In the second half, the teams switched roles as the Hoyas put pressure on the Hall’s defense. Both teams alternated possessions for most of the second half with Georgetown holding an edge in scoring chances.
McHenry would keep the Hoyas off the scoreboard until the 77th minute, when freshman Andy Riemer of Georgetown beat McHenry with a shot to the upper right corner of the net to tie the score at 1-1.
The Hoyas came back five minutes later at the 82 minute mark, as junior Jose Colchao put Georgetown ahead 2-1 with a diving header across the six yard box off a cross from freshman Tommy Muller.
“The team was tired in the second half,” Schellscheidt said. “It seemed we were always a step late and trying to catch up.”
The Pirates continued to make runs on Georgetown late in the game but were unable to put the ball past Brutto again, who finished the night with seven saves.
McHenry came up with four saves of his own on the 18 shots the Hoyas took against him in total.
“The loss is not something we are going to look back on,” Schellscheidt said. “We have to just keep going and look to Saturday.”
On Friday, Oct. 2, at Notre Dame, the Hall let another lead slip away after holding an advantage going into halftime.
In the 19th minute, junior Brayan Martinez scored to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead.
Martinez scored from 30 yards out, at the top of the box and beat Notre Dame’s senior goalkeeper Philip Tuttle.
The defense for Seton Hall kept the Irish off of the scoreboard in the first half, allowing only one shot on goal which was saved by McHenry.
The Pirates started the second half with the 1-0 lead until Notre Dame was awarded a penalty kick in the 51st minute after a yellow card was given to junior Andrew Welker.
Notre Dame senior Michael Thomas scored on the penalty kick and tied the game at 1-1.
The Hall came close to retaking the lead in the 56th minute when Martinez took a low shot but Tuttle made a diving save preventing the Pirate’s goal.
In the 71st minute, Notre Dame took the lead for good after a strike from senior Justin Morrow beat McHenry.
From that point on the Hall struggled to get anything going on offense, and did not take another shot.
The Pirates stay home for their next Big East matchup against the Marquette Golden Eagles on Saturday Oct. 10 at Owen T. Carroll Field.
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