Sept. 30, 2007
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senior back Matt Sleece (Clifton, N.J./Clifton) scored early and the Villanova Wildcats (8-2-0 overall, 3-1-0 BIG EAST) relied on their solid defense the rest of the afternoon en route to a 1-0 victory over Georgetown in a men's BIG EAST match played here today.
Villanova got on the board in the sixth minute. The Wildacts had a free kick from 25 yards out. Sean Mergenthal tapped the ball to Chris Christian who neatly placed a ball into traffic in front of the net. Senior Matt Sleece was able to get his head on it and re-direct it for his first goal of the season.
The goal was Sleece's first since 2004, when he scored his only two previous college goals.
Georgetown best chance to tie came with just 15:20 to go in regulation. Freshman Seth C'deBaca (Albuquerque, N.M./Sandia Prep) played a ball to overlapping Scott Larrabee (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Loyola H.S. of Los Angeles) on the left wing. Larrabee made a nifty move past a defender before crossing the ball towards a group of players who filled the six yard box. The ball seemed to slip through the goal mouth and just past the back post.
Villanova's defense that has only four goals in its 10 outings thus far in 2007.
Each time Georgetown made a bid to tie, the Wildcats had an answer. Senior goalie Jason Friel (Dublin, Pa./Pennridge High School) made five saves on the day, including three in the second half as the Hoyas pressed in an effort to equalize matters. Georgetown ended the afternoon with an 18-14 advantage in shots.
The Hoyas drop to 2-7-0 overall with the loss, 1-4-0 in the BIG EAST.
The Wildcats face a third consecutive BIG EAST road match on Wednesday evening, when they travel to Piscataway, N.J. to meet Rutgers at 7 p.m.