Men’s soccer finds no answer for Hoya offense

Amy Watkins

The men’s soccer team dropped its first Big East match of the season on Saturday, as Georgetown logged two second-half goals en route to a 3-1 win over the ‘Cats.

Villanova had the chance to snap the Hoyas’ five-game win streak but couldn’t get the job done in Washington, D.C.

After Georgetown pulled ahead early, freshman forward Dylan Renna found the back of the net to tie the score, but Villanova’s comeback was short-lived.

The Hoyas’ second goal came minutes after Renna’s and sparked a momentum that left the Wildcats behind for good.

Georgetown dominated on both ends of the field, owning a 16-7 edge in shots and holding Villanova to zero corner kicks.

Seven players on each side recorded shots, but the Hoyas attacked the goal more frequently and had an 8-4 advantage in opportunities on net.

Villanova goalkeeper Chris Bresnahan was challenged early by Georgetown midfielders Tommy Muller and Steve Neumann, who collaborated on several plays in the box and worked to convert crosses and set pieces into goals.

In the 23rd minute Muller got a head on a Neumann corner kick and shot the ball toward the goal area, forcing Bresnahan to make a difficult save.

The junior goalie played a major role in Villanova’s defensive effort, posting three of his five saves in the first half and helping to keep the match scoreless for most of the period.

Georgetown got on the scoreboard in the 38th minute when Neumann emerged from a scramble in the box to strike the ball past Bresnahan.

His goal, assisted by midfielder Chandler Diggs and forward Jose Colchao, gave the Hoyas a lead they would maintain for the rest of the half.

In the 57th minute, the Wildcats evened the score when Renna beat a Georgetown defender in the box and sent the ball into the top right corner of the net.

While Renna’s goal gave Villanova a boost of confidence, the ‘Cats soon faced another deficit as Neumann scored a second time for Georgetown off a set of passes from Colchao and midfielder Ian Christianson.

‘Nova continued to make plays in order to find the equalizer, but Georgetown goalkeeper Matthew Brutto recorded three saves in the game.

An 89th-minute goal secured the two-point decision for the Hoyas as the duo of Neumann and Colchao connected for the third time. A hole in the Wildcat defense allowed Colchao to take the ball on a breakaway and put it in the net for the final tally of the match.

The team now stands at 7-5-2 on the season and 3-1-1 in conference play.