A match between No. 11 Georgetown and No. 4 Syracuse, played on Shaw Field Sunday afternoon, entered sudden death overtime and ended when senior midfielder Jared Rist scored on a corner kick by senior midfielder and co-captain Tyler Rudy.
Rist used his head to put the ball past the near post on the team’s ninth corner kick of the day in the 94th minute of the Georgetown’s Sweet Sixteen match against the Syracuse (16-4-1). That score won the game for Georgetown (14-4-4), who advances to the next round of the NCAA tournament.
The game between the Hoyas and the Orangemen was as close as any played on Shaw Field this season. Both offenses created chances in an open, back-and-forth contest, both backlines performed superb emergency defending and both teams could have walked away with the win. A pair of heroic goals, an 80th minute equalizer by junior defender and co-captain Keegan Rosenberry and the sudden death winner by Rist, were just enough to give Georgetown the victory.
After a scoreless but eventful first half, Syracuse took the lead in the 55th minute when a quick short corner caught the Georgetown defense unorganized. Sophomore forward Alex Halis worked his way past several defenders before shooting to the far post and into the side netting.
Initially, the response by the Hoyas was poor. The team struggled to maintain possession in its own half, let alone to generate chances to tie the game. When sophomore forward Alex Muyl, junior forward Brandon Allen and senior midfielder Austin Martz re-entered the match with about 15 minutes remaining, however, the run of play began to shift.
Rudy sent the Hoyas’ eighth corner kick of the match long, over the 6-yard box and to the head of Rosenberry, who buried the opportunity and tied the match at 1-1. The final 10 minutes of regulation then passed with only half chances for either side.
When overtime started, it seemed as though Syracuse would be the team to end the game with a walk-off goal. A poor clearance by Hoya keeper and senior co-captain Tomas Gomez nearly saw the Orangemen do just that. But a corner kick by Rudy and a timely play at the near post by Rist in the 94th minute was all it took for Georgetown to advance.
The Hoyas will play their next game against No. 22 Virginia (10-6-2) next Saturday. Virgina upset top-seeded Notre Dame Sunday evening 1-0. The match will be played at Shaw Field.
Check in at thehoya.com for a recap of Sunday’s victory and a preview of Georgetown’s next match.