The No. 24 Georgetown men’s soccer team earned two road victories in the Big East this week, shutting out Seton Hall 4-0 on Oct. 20 and defeating Providence 2-1 on Oct. 24.
Georgetown (9-3-3, 5-1-1 Big East) started the scoring against Seton Hall (6-5-2, 2-4-1 Big East) in the seventh minute, as junior forward Achara scored his fifth goal of the season off an assist from senior forward Ethan Lochner.
Head Coach Brian Wiese praised the efficient performance of the offense, which took advantage of its chances despite generating few shots on target.
“Achara got us off on the right foot with a calm finish which really settled the team and resulted in some great goals,” Wiese said in an interview with GUHoyas. “It was one of our lowest shot totals of the season, and it was nice to see our guys rewarded with some goals. As always, three points on the road in the Big East is important so we’re happy with the result.”
In the 38th minute, sophomore forward Derek Dodson rounded Seton Hall’s sophomore goalkeeper Andreas Nota and scored on an empty net to extend Georgetown’s lead to 2-0.
In the 61st minute, Achara scored his second goal of the game and sixth of the season.
Junior defender Dylan Nealis had an opportunity to score on a breakaway, but his shot was deflected by Nota. Achara found himself in the right position to put in the rebound and provide the Hoyas with a 3-0 advantage.
Two minutes later, junior forward Riley Strassner scored off an assist from Dodson, putting the game out of reach at 4-0. Sophomore goalkeeper Ethan Koehler tallied five saves and earned his first shutout of the season.
Georgetown recorded another road victory in its midweek matchup against Providence (7-6-2, 4-2-1 Big East) on Oct. 24.
The Hoyas were under pressure early in the match, as the Friars’ junior midfielder Danny Griffin scored in the fourth minute. Providence dominated possession for the rest of the half and Georgetown entered the break down one goal.
The Hoyas found a breakthrough in the 70th minute when Nealis hit a cross toward sophomore midfielder Foster McCune, who finished the chance to even the score at 1-1.
With ten minutes remaining in regulation, the Hoyas took control of the match and began to generate chances in the Friar’s end of the pitch.
In the 89th minute, Dodson received the ball at the top of the box and fired a shot past Providence’s goalkeeper to break the tie and give the Hoyas a 2-1 lead. Georgetown held on in the final minute to record its third straight victory.
Wiese emphasized the importance of the win and said it will provide the Hoyas with momentum for the rest of their season.
“This was a great win and really a turning point in our year,” Wiese said. “This was a character game for our guys as we had to come back on the road against a very good team. This was a playoff-type atmosphere when the stakes were high and I was pleased with how the boys handled it.”
Georgetown will play its final home game of the season Oct. 27 as it faces St. John’s at 1 p.m on Senior Day.