Nov. 8, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Villanova Wildcats traveled here facing a daunting proposition - earn a victory over the No. 8 Georgetown Hoyas or face elimination from the final available spot in the BIG EAST Championship. But a first half Hoya goal was the only score of the day and lifted Georgetown to a 1-0 win over Villanova.
The Hoyas improve to 13-4-1 overall, 6-2-1 BIG EAST while the Wildcats ended the regular season with a 8-9-1 mark, 3-6-0 in the conference. With the defeat, Villanova is eliminated from contention for one of the sixth berths in the conference playoffs, which begin Tuesday.
"We certainly played well today," stated Villanova head coach Tom Carlin. "I thought our ability to control the tempo and a really potent offense was good. But you can't win games without a goal and we weren't able to get one. We created chances and forced their keeper to make a fantastic save late in the game."
The only goal of the afternoon came off the foot of Brandon Allen, one of Georgetown's potent scorers. A sequence of passes that began between Alex Muyl and Josh Turnley created the chance for Allen, who finished the play for his 11th goal of the season. The goal was scored at the 21:18 mark and forced Villanova to chase the game.
"They served a great ball in and Brandon finished it," stated Carlin.
The Wildcats came close on several occasions over the next 68 plus minute to getting the equalizer. But in an echo of Saturday's 1-0 loss to Xavier in which they often controlled the game's pace, they were unable to get the marker they needed to keep the season alive.
"I told the guys afterward that I was proud of them," Carlin stated. "Through some tough times they stayed together and were committed to the values of our program. We all would have liked a better outcome but the effort was good."
"I congratulated the seniors," he noted. "What we got out of this season was the style we need to play moving forward. We changed some things and these guys helped show us the way. We will be better for their efforts next season."
As he looked back over the BIG EAST schedule Carlin and company couldn't help wonder about what might have been.
"I could give you a scenario where we were 6-3," he explained. "But the reality is we are 3-6. We ended up on the wrong end of too many close games - Butler, Marquette, Providence, and Xavier. At the end we were stuck in a rut where we generated chances but couldn't break through with the goal.
"We backed ourselves into a very tough spot, having to come on the road to a top 10 team on their Senior Day absolutely needing a win. We'll learn from this, though, and will be ready next year."