Junior midfielder Bakie Goodman has treated fans at Shaw Field to impressive displays of technical skill this season. He has blown past defenders, dribbled through entire opposing midfields and, in one of the highlights of the season, bounced the ball off another player while spinning in order to find space down the sideline for an attacking run. Goodman has always been good with the ball at his feet, but this season has included some standout moments.
“It’s always been a part of my game. It’s just maybe coming out a little bit more,” Goodman said. “Being more confident, and everyone has confidence in me to do those kinds of things.”
Goodman has good reason to be confident. He has started all 13 games this year, playing the full 90 minutes in the No. 9 Georgetown men’s soccer team’s (9-2-2, 5-0 Big East) most recent match, a 1-0 win over DePaul (3-11-0, 2-3 Big East). His one goal and one assist do not stand out on the stat sheet, but he has been an important piece of the offense from his outside midfield position all season.
The Georgetown field hockey team (8-7, 1-2 Big East) will travel to Philadelphia this weekend to take on Big East opponent Temple (4-12, 1-2 Big East) and Saint Joseph’s (6-8, 3-3 Atlantic 10). Georgetown recently defeated Big East rival Villanova (4-10, 1-2 Big East) 2-1 in overtime. After defeating Colgate (0-13, 0-4 Patriot League) 3-2 two days later, Georgetown picked up its eighth win of the season, which is two more than all of last season’s wins and six more than the previous season’s wins.
A strong offense has led the Blue and Gray this season, with five goals each by junior forward Aliyah Graves-Brown and freshman forward Helena Masiello. Sophomore forward Megan Parsons has converted three goals out of 11 shots, while junior defender Devin Holmes and senior forward Sarah Butterfield have each scored two. Junior goalkeeper Rachel Skonecki has been a rock for the Hoyas, making 115 saves and recording a cumulative save percentage of .816.
The Georgetown women’s soccer team (10-5-1, 5-1-1 Big East) is set to face DePaul (11-3-3, 5-1-1 Big East) Sunday on the Blue Demons’ home field. Since the DePaul game is the second-to-last game in regular season play, the pressure is mounting as the Big East tournament approaches.
After DePaul’s tie with St. John’s (13-2-1, 5-1-1 Big East), the Blue Demons dropped in the national women’s soccer rankings from No. 18 to No. 20. Currently, DePaul, Georgetown and St. John’s are tied for first place. A win for the Hoyas on Sunday could put them in first place going into the final stretch of the regular season.
“It’s going to be an exciting game. It comes down to whether we get a top-two spot and a bye in that Big East tournament, so you know, we’re both fighting for first place at this point,” graduate student forward Melissa Downey said. Continue reading