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THE RUNDOWN: Sports Stories for October 23

Men’s Soccer



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.

Field Hockey

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.

Women’s Soccer



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

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THE RUNDOWN: Sports Stories for September 11

Fall Sports Preview 2015:

Men’s Soccer: Defense Returns for 2015

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Entering its 2015 season, the No. 25 Georgetown men’s soccer team (1-2-1 overall, 0-0-0 Big East) boasted a defense that had the potential to be the envy of the NCAA. All four starters — seniors Cole Seiler, Josh Turnley and Keegan Rosenberry and junior Joshua Yaro — returned for the Hoyas, creating a back line to be reckoned with. In 2015, all four players became co-captains. The defense was expected to lead the way for a team with national championship ambitions.

Those expectations seemed warranted. Yaro was named Big East Preseason Defensive Player of the Year just prior to the start of the 2015 season. He could have been the No. 1 overall MLS draft pick had he not chosen to return to school. His talent has drawn the attention and praise of teammates, opponents and professional scouts.

Not to be overlooked, however, are the three seniors who have seen extended minutes on defense since 2013. Seiler and Rosenberry started for the Hoyas in the national championship game in 2012 and have been starters ever since. Turnley stepped into the starting 11 the following year. The experience gained by spending several seasons competing as college athletes is an extremely valuable asset.

Men’s Soccer: Season Preview



In the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament, the Georgetown men’s soccer team (1-2-1) experienced a heartbreaking loss in penalty kicks to Virginia — a team that went on to win the 2014 National Championship.

Nonetheless, this loss had little impact on expectations for the Hoyas in their 2015 campaign. Georgetown was ranked third in the nation, and with the return of star junior defender Joshua Yaro despite the lure of Major League Soccer and a history of solid offensive production, Georgetown was set to be a powerhouse team on both sides of the field. Yaro and senior forward Brandon Allen were named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List, which compiles the players most likely to win the award for the best college soccer player in the nation. In addition, Yaro and Allen were named the Big East Preseason Defensive and Offensive Players of the Year, respectively.

Women’s Soccer: Revamped Offense Features Veterans

WSoc-GARPH-300x229You cannot win if you do not score. This adage rings true in nearly all sports, but it holds a special significance in soccer, where goals are particularly hard to come by.

Fortunately, the Georgetown women’s soccer team (3-2-0) began its 2015 season with an offense that has had little trouble finding the back of the net. The Hoyas have scored 10 goals in just five games and have been shut out only once. Collectively, the team has already taken 80 shots, while its opponents have tallied only 42.

The team’s offensive success can largely be attributed to three dynamic forwards who have each stepped up to lead the Hoyas’ attack. For graduate student forward Audra Ayotte, junior forward Grace Damaska and senior forward Crystal Thomas, the statistics speak for themselves. Continue reading

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From the Sidelines: Meredith Cox

Field Hockey Needs a Field

Most of you probably have never seen this complex, but it’s where our current field hockey team plays their home games, at the University of Maryland. With their current record of 0-14, maybe there is something more than just lack of skill or better competition. Maybe our field hockey team never has the so-called “home field advantage”. Our Lady Hoyas have been playing their home games the past two years at Maryland. I spoke with senior Dee Crovo, who has experienced this lack of a home field for both these years.

“We used to play on top of Yates, but Yates’ turf started to get holes in it and became very dangerous. The administrators at Yates didn’t want to be liable for the injuries of other schools’ players so therefore they decided to deem the Yates turf unsafe,” Dee told me.

Dee was here when the field hockey team played on top of Yates. I asked her is there was a difference in playing at the two different locations and if this might be the cause of their unfortunate season.

“I definitely feel that if we had a field there would be better team morale in general,” she said. “Also, it’s like every game is an away game even if it really is a ‘home’ game. Even on a good day it’s a 45 minute commute. On the other hand, at least we have somewhere to play. Some teams don’t even have any field to play on. When I was able to play on campus my freshman and sophomore years there were definitely more people at the games besides just our parents and an occasional boyfriend. We definitely can feel a difference because we really don’t have many fans.”

The field hockey team needs turf to play on, but this is very hard to come up with in such a compact campus as Georgetown. What are some of the plans for the future? Dee told me that to be able to have a turf field on campus the university would have to build a whole new Yates and re-turf the top. There have been hypothetical plans to buy land close by in Virginia and build a field there. Also, the university was thinking about sharing turf with Georgetown Visitation. Dee also said that for next year there has been talk as to playing the home games at American University so that the commute was much shorter.

If anyone is interested in taking a short trek to Maryland in order to support our field hockey team, their final home game and also their senior day is this Sunday, Oct. 26 beginning at 12 p.m. Any takers?