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MEN’S SOCCER | Hoyas Bring Home Tournament Title

The Hoyas returned to the Hilltop as undefeated winners of last weekend’s Davidson Adidas Classic Championship, leaving Coastal Carolina and UNC-Asheville eating their dust.

“It was a tricky weekend,” Head Coach Brian Wiese said, “because we went from playing in front of about 2,000 people at home against UCLA with an emotional win, to two games on a difficult side, which had three people in the stands maybe – not a whole lot of atmosphere.”

Yet the lack of atmosphere did not manage to slow the furious momentum built by Georgetown (3-1-1) over the last few games. Their first matchup against Coastal Carolina (1-2-1) resulted in the Hoyas overpowering the host 3-0 on Friday evening.

It took the Hoyas 29 minutes to get on the scoreboard, but not for lack of trying – the Hoyas had five attempts at a goal until junior midfielder Seth C’deBaca served the ball up to junior forward Chandler Diggs, who delivered it in to freshman midfielder Ian Christianson. Christianson then one-timed it flawlessly into the back of the net for his maiden goal for the Blue and Gray.

Diggs and C’deBaca were rewarded with goals of their own by the end of the match. Three minutes into the second-half, Diggs received a pass from junior forward Jose Colchao and shot the ball from six yards out to notch the Hoyas’ second tally on the scoreboard.

In the 78th minute, an unassisted C’deBaca braved a shot past the keeper to grab the third and final goal of the night, sealing the win for the Hoyas.

With just a day’s recovery time, Georgetown faced their second opponent of the championship, UNC-Asheville (1-3), on Sunday. The Bulldogs were unable to put up a fight despite playing in home territory, falling 2-0 to the Hoyas.

It was C’deBaca who opened up the scoring for the Hoyas halfway through the first period. The New Mexico native received a pass from junior midfielder Rob Burnett almost halfway down the pitch and turned around to boot the ball past the keeper, scoring a 25-yard screamer for his third goal of the season.

Despite a total of 18 attempts at goal, compared to the Bulldogs’ seven, the Hoyas were unable to convert any opportunities for the remainder of the half. The second half started in very much the same vein, with Diggs, Colchao and Christianson forcing the Bulldog keeper into some desperate saves.

With just eight minutes left in the game, Colchao broke into a fast break towards the goal. Seeing Diggs near the top of the box, Colchao split the defense with a through-ball, which Diggs picked up and buried in the back of the net for the Georgetown’s second. The Bulldogs took two shots in the dying minutes of the second half, but could not avoid the shutout.

Wiese was pleased with the team’s performance – especially the fact that the team was firing on all engines.

Wiese praised Diggs’ and C’deBaca’s offensive performances, but did not just limit his praise to one side of the pitch.

“We’re getting threats from a lot of different positions now . which is important at this point in the season.”

The win against UNC-Asheville marked the Hoyas’ third consecutive shutout, an ode to an excellent defensive performance by the Hoya back four. In particular, senior Len Coleman has been in impeccable form.

“He’s as competitive a guy as you’ll see on a soccer field,” Wiese said. “He’s as close to a coach on the field as you’ll have on the team. . We trust him to make good decisions on the field.”

Coleman recently earned a spot in’s national team of the week and shared Big East player of the week honors with Christianson – the first time the Hoyas have had two players share the category in a week since the 2005 season.

The Hoyas’ next opponent is No. 4 St. John’s, an away game that will most certainly be one of the team’s toughest. With a schedule jam-packed with top-25 opponents, the Hoyas will have to maintain the high level of energy each individual has performed at thus far.

While some may be worried about a risk of burnout, Wiese is not too anxious.

“One of the challenges of running a season is managing the length of it,” Wiese said. “But when you’re going into a place like St. John’s – playing one of the best teams in the country at their own place – the guys don’t need a whole lot of motivation to gear up for those games.”

Wiese will be looking to his upperclassmen to bring their pool of experience against St. John’s. Coleman and his fellow seniors – defender and captain Mark Zeman, and midfielder Scott Larrabee – will have to lead by example on the pitch.

“Our seniors have done a great job being prepared for the games,” Wiese said. “They have a great mindset for each game. And they have been rewarded for their good performances.”

Wiese and his men will be looking for the ultimate reward – an upset of one of the best teams in the nation – this Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. in Queens, N.Y. “

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