Oct. 14, 2008
WASHINGTON - The AU men's soccer team overcame a 1-0 deficit, scoring four goals in the final 23 minutes of play, to defeat cross-town rival Georgetown by a 4-1 score on Tuesday at Reeves Field. The Hoyas had been receiving votes in the NSCAA and ESPN polls and were ranked No. 25 by Soccer America heading into today's contest.
In almost identical fashion to the AU win over Navy, Phil Purdy put the Eagles on the scoreboard on a converted penalty shot at 67:16 when Cameron Petty was pulled down in the box to even the score at 1-1. With the board knotted up, a red card, one of nine cards issued in the contest, was given to Hunter Joslin at 68:12. The Eagles would take advantage of the man-up opportunity.
Anthony Moy scored his second goal in as many games, and his team-leading fourth of the season, just over six minutes later to give American the lead. Tremaine Chinapoo flicked a ball down the right flank to Jamie Davin. Davin sent a perfect cross to the front of the net and Moy put a convincing head on it and the Eagles led 2-1. Jack Scott scored his first collegiate goal at 83:53 to blow the game open for the Eagles when Dor Yasur sent a long ball to the top of the box that was flicked on by Luis Martinez. Scott collected the ball to the left of the net and beat Georgetown keeper Mark Wilber for the 3-1 advantage.
American (5-5-2) would add an insurance goal at 87:57 from some great passing from Martinez to Scott. Scott received the ball from Martinez on the touchline to the right of the goal and dished it right back to set up a wide open shot and secure the 4-1 victory.
Georgetown (7-3-3) scored its lone goal of the game at 53:07 when Seth C'Debaca sent a long ball over the top of the Eagles defense to Scott Larrabee who went to net one-on-one with AU keeper Matt Makowski. Makowski got a hand on it, but the shot had just enough pace to get in behind him.
Makowski had a big day in goal for the Eagles, making nine saves. Wilber made two saves in goal for the Hoyas. Georgetown held a slim 17-13 margin in shots and a 10-6 advantage in corner kicks.
"This was a huge win for us playing without senior captain and center back Karsten Smith," said AU head coach Todd West. "Nick Kapus stepped in and played great, Matt Makowski kept us in the game and we ended up getting a couple of breaks and making the best of our chances. The red card obviously changed the game, but we took advantage of our opportunity and got a quality win over a ranked opponent."
The Eagles will look to continue their two-game winning streak when they return to conference play on Saturday at 7 p.m. when they head to Lehigh for a Patriot League match with the Mountain Hawks. The Eagles are 1-0-1 so far in league play.