Georgetown 1, VT 4
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Junior Bobby O'Brien (Williamsburg, Va.) and redshirt freshman Matt Bright (Chesapeake, Va.) provided an offensive spark off the bench and tallied one goal and one assist each leading the Virginia Tech men's soccer team to a 4-1 BIG EAST victory over Georgetown Sunday afternoon on Moseley Field. With the win, Tech extends its win streak to four and improves to 9-5-1 on the year, 4-3-0 in conference play. The Hoyas fall to 5-8-0 overall, 3-4-0 in the BIG EAST.
"This was a great win at home for us," head coach Oliver Weiss stated. "Four goals in a BIG EAST game, that is never an easy task, especially against a talented Georgetown team. Our momentum came after they tied the game at 1-1. Our boys realized that we had to do more and they did just that. Everybody is getting better and that is an encouraging sign for the remainder of the season."
Georgetown threatened to score in the 18th minute after a hard Tech foul in the penalty box resulted in a penalty kick for the Hoyas. For the second time this season, Hokie goalkeeper Chase Harrison (Huntington, W.Va.) saved a penalty kick, keeping the game scoreless. Harrison finished the match with three saves, earning his seventh victory of his rookie campaign.
In the final minute of the first half Bright redirected a shot by Bailey Allman (Virginia Beach, Va.) for the Hokie' first goal, giving Tech a 1-0 advantage at intermission. The goal was set-up by a throw-in from freshman Peer Rogge (Schleswig, Germany).
The Hoyas evened the score in the 63rd minute on a goal by Kemmons Feldman. Georgetown took advantage of a Hokies' defensive miscue as freshman Benjamin Jefferson-Dow crossed the ball into the box and Feldman beat Harrison, tying the score at 1-1.
Tech quickly responded and scored three unanswered goals. Three minutes after the Hoyas tied the score, senior defenseman Greg Medsker (Williamsburg, Va.) served the ball from midfield into the penalty box off a direct kick. O'Brien headed the ball over to Lasse Mertins (Rotenburg, Germany), who netted his fifth goal of the season at the 65:49 mark.
Ten minutes later, O'Brien added to the Hokies' lead on a one-touch volley from 16-yards out for Tech's third score. Redshirt sophomore Ken Jonmaire (East Aurora, N.Y.) assisted on the goal.
In the 85th minute, Bright beat a Georgetown defender and dribbled into the penalty box and centered the ball to Jonmaire. Jonmaire completed the play with his team-leading eighth goal of the season with 5:20 remaining.
O'Brien, who led the team after six matches with 11 points (four goals, three assists), tallied his first points in nine outings.
"Bobby was definitely the super sub today and pushed us onto the right track," Weiss explained. "We need people to step up and make big plays and he did that. He and Matt Bright did a great job off the bench today and hopefully they will continue to provide that spark.
"Our entire team played well today," Weiss continued. "When we do make a mistake we pay for it. But we showed that we had the character to step it up another notch and do what it takes to win.
"Lasse (Mertins) and Eric (Prigot) in the midfield are tireless workers and are really the heart and soul of our team," Weiss praised. "Rob Smith proved to be a big rock in our back line today and he motivated the team when he needed to. He did a great job leading the team with the right frame of mind."
Tech's win moves them up in the conference standings as the Hokies make a push for a post-season tournament bid. Tech will return to action next Sunday in another BIG EAST match against Syracuse on Moseley Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Goals by period 1 2 F
Georgetown (5-8-0, 3-4-0) 0 1 - 1
Virginia Tech (9-5-1, 4-3-0) 1 3 - 4
1. 44:07 VT BRIGHT, Matt (ALLMAN, Bailey)
2. 62:19 GU FELDMAN,Kemmons (JEFFERSON-DOW,Ben)
3. 65:49 VT MERTINS, Lasse (O'BRIEN, Bobby;MEDSKER, Greg)
4. 74:53 VT O'BRIEN, Bobby (JONMAIRE, Ken)
5. 84:40 VT JONMAIRE, Ken (BRIGHT, Matt)
Shots: Georgetown 10, Virginia Tech 14
Saves: Georgetown 3 (HOGAN,Tim 3), Virginia Tech 3 (HARRISON, Chase 3)