For the first time in program history, the No. 3 Georgetown men’s soccer team (15-2-2, 9-0 Big East) has won the Big East tournament. The accomplishment came in a dramatic fashion, with junior forward Alex Muyl winning Sunday’s home matchup against No. 5 Creighton University (17-3, 8-3 Big East) in the second sudden-death overtime with a goal to put his team ahead 2-1. The game-winner came in the 107th minute, just moments before the match would have progressed to penalty kicks.
Georgetown entered the match having already made program history this season. The team’s 13-game winning streak, 16-game unbeaten streak and perfect record in conference play all set school records. The Hoyas have not dropped a decision since Sept. 4.
Following a tough 80-82 double-overtime loss against the upstart Radford Highlanders (1-0), the Georgetown Hoyas (0-1) visit the No. 3 Maryland Terrapins (1-0) in what many pundits and fans have dubbed the “Battle for D.C.” In 2008, the last time these two teams met, the Hoyas were a young team, with then-freshman center Greg Monroe anchoring a talented Georgetown squad. On the other side of the court, then-junior guard Greivis Vasquez led the way for the Terrapins. The Hoyas dominated the Terrapins, winning 75-48 in only the third meeting of the two teams since 1980.
Despite starting this season nationally ranked and predicted to make a deep run into March, the Hoyas’ win against the Terrapins was one of the few bright spots in a season ultimately marked by underachievement. Georgetown finished unranked at 16-15 and exited the National Invitation Tournament in the first round. Conversely, Maryland had few expectations but eventually made a surprising run into the NCAA tournament behind the stellar play of Vasquez.
The Georgetown women’s soccer team (11-5-4, 6-1-2 Big East) failed to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament in the same heartbreaking fashion that sent it home last weekend in the Big East tournament semifinal. The Hoyas were tied 2-2 with the Hofstra Pride (13-5-2, 7-1-1 CAA) after two overtime periods, but ultimately fell on penalty kicks 4-2.
“It’s obviously a painful way for the season to end. Especially having just gone through it in the Big East tournament as well,” Head Coach Dave Nolan said. “At some point, the season ends. For most teams it ends on a loss, for us it ends on a tie.”
Hofstra got off to a fast start with a pair of corner kicks in the first few minutes before settling in. Georgetown did not register a shot until the 13th minute, and could not manage much quality attacking play early. Continue reading