Riding a four game unbeaten streak in the BIG EAST, Villanova looked to continue its good run of form against conference rival Georgetown. Unfortunately, the Wildcats lacked the energy that has been their trademark this season, ultimately losing 3-1.
Georgetown caused problems for Villanova early, as their overlapping outside backs sent a series of strong crosses through the box which were begging to be finished.
Georgetown created a few very good scoring chances off of set pieces, but Chris Bresnahan kept ‘Nova in the match with two outstanding point blank saves.
Georgetown continued to control the tempo, and with seven minutes left in the first half they were rewarded for their pressure, as forward Steve Neumann poked home a ball off a scramble in the six yard box.
The second half saw the Wildcats come out with a bit more life than the first half, and in the 57th minute they leveled the match through freshman Dylan Renna. Renna ran on to a flick from McCarthy at the top left hand corner of the 18 box. Drawing two defenders, Renna beautifully split the pair with a great display of dribbling before curling a shot into the far post. It was Renna’s fifth goal on the season.
Renna nearly added a second just moments later. Midfielder Kyle McCarthy lifted a ball in behind the Georgetown backline, drawing out Hoya goalkeeper Matt Brutto. Renna beat Brutto to the ball, lobbing it over the Georgetown ‘keeper’s head towards the empty net. However, center back Ben Slingerland cleared the ball off the line, denying ‘Nova a 2-1 lead.
Although the momentum seemed to shift in the ‘Cats favor, Georgetown stuck to its game plan, and in the 61st minute they re-took the lead off of another Neuman strike, this one from 18 yards out following some nice combination play.
Coach Carlin shifted ‘Nova into a 3-1-4-2 to finish the match in hopes of grabbing an equalizer, and the Wildcats nearly did so, but Sean Mergenthal’s re-direction off of a Kyle Soroka long throw was well saved by Brutto.
With numbers pushed forward in search of a tying goal, Georgetown caught Villanova thin at the back. Forward Jose Colchao was slipped in for a breakaway and he made no mistake, slotting the ball comfortably into the far post to seal a 3-1 win for the Hoyas.
Villanova is now 7-5-2 (3-1-1) on the year. Next up for Villanova is Syracuse on Wednesday at home. Kick off is set for 3:30 pm.