The men’s soccer team suffered their third consecutive defeat this weekend, losing 4-1 against a strong Georgetown team to end their stretch of away games.
The Huskies (2-3-0) struggled on both sides of the field all game, as Georgetown (5-0) laid on a relentless attack right from kickoff. The first score for the Hoyas came in the 11th minute off a set piece. The initial shot was kept out, but a scramble in the box ensued before Dylan Nealis found Dante Polvara for his third goal of the season.
Georgetown continued to push against the Huskies backline, finding the back of the net again in the 38th minute. This time Jack Beer scored, curling a shot around UConn’s goalie Gianluca Catalano and in for his first goal of the season. At the half ,the Huskies trailed 2-0 and were outshot 12-2 by the Hoyas.
UConn looked like a new team entering the second half and earned a goal of their own in the 47th minute to cut the deficit to 2-1. Sophomore midfielder Felix Metzler scored his first goal of this season, lining up the ball just outside the box before firing one towards the far post and in for the score.
This would be as close as the Huskies would get to Georgetown though, as the Hoyas added two more goals in the second half to extend their lead to 4-1. The goals came from Jacob Montes and Derek Dodson in the 68th and 80th minute respectively.
UConn was held to just seven shots in the game compared to the Hoyas’ 23, leaving plenty to be desired on the offensive end. This appears to be a very different team than what we saw to open the season.
The Huskies have scored only two goals during their losing streak compared to the five they scored in their opening two games. Similarly, on the defensive end, UConn has given up seven goals in their last two games after opening their season allowing just one goal in their first two games.
If the Huskies have any hope of righting the ship, they will need to get back to their performances of earlier in the season on both ends of the field. Their next opportunity to do so will come this Tuesday when they face off against Manhattan College. The Huskies are hopeful to put on a good showing and walk away with a much-needed victory.
Conner Gilson is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.