WASHINGTON D.C. – In the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament the No. 23 ranked ODU Soccer Monarchs (13-7-1) lost in heartbreaking fashion to No. 8 ranked Georgetown (13-4-4) by a score of 2-1 at Shaw Field on Sunday afternoon, as the game-winning goal occurred with only seven seconds remaining in the second overtime period. The loss snapped ODU’s six-match winning streak.
After a very physical start to the match, Old Dominion settled in and scored the game’s first goal at the 25:18 mark in the opening half off a beautifully played Christian Schroeer corner kick in which a Hoya player headed the ball backwards and into Georgetown’s net, lifting the Monarchs with a 1-0 advantage going into halftime.
The first 45 minutes of action saw one Old Dominion shot to Georgetown’s six, while the Monarchs attempted two first half corners compared to the Hoyas one. ODU goalkeeper Alex Tiesenhausen made four saves in the opening half.
With 16:59 remaining in the second half, Georgetown’s Tyler Rudy played the ball into teammate Brandon Allen, who drilled his shot into the back of the net to tie the match at one apiece and force overtime.
At the end of regulation, the Hoyas attempted a total of 15 shots, while the Monarchs attempted two. Georgetown took four corners compared to ODU’s three.
The first extra time period came and went without a goal, after two Georgetown shots and three Hoya corner kicks.
In a match that appeared to be heading towards penalty kicks to decide the outcome, Georgetown scored with just seven seconds remaining on the game clock in the second overtime session off a misdirected deflection to prevail 2-1 over Old Dominion in heartbreaking fashion. Arun Basuljevic was credited with the unassisted game-winning goal at the 109:53 mark.
For the match, the Hoyas attempted 19 shots and seven corners, while the Monarchs took three shots and three corners. Alex Tiesenhausen compiled a game-high eight saves in 110 minutes of work. Georgetown’s Tomas Gomez made one save on the day. Alex Muhl took a game-high six shots for the Hoyas in the win.
The Monarchs, ranked 23rd in the final NSCAA Coaches top 25 competed in their fifth straight NCAA Tournament and 11th of the last 13 under Head Coach Alan Dawson (335-140-42), who entered the season as the nation’s 13th winningest active coach.
The Monarchs had previously won six straight games, and advanced to the second round with a 3-0 victory over St. Francis College Brooklyn in the first round at ODU. Senior forward Sidney Rivera (Hampton, NJ.) scored two goals and junior Ryan Condotta (Keller, TX.) added another in the win. Rivera, the C-USA Tournament Offensive MVP finished his career scoring eight of his nine goals in the last seven matches, including four game winners.
THE SERIES: The all-time series between Old Dominion and Georgetown is now tied a 3-3.