The Hoyas overcame the disappointment of a single-goal defeat to Northwestern on Friday evening to deal Louisville a 13-5 thrashing on Sunday.

Friday marked the first time the Hoyas have ever faced the Wildcats, who are currently the top-ranked team in the nation, and Georgetown (8-2, 2-0 Big East) came painfully close to success, only to be thwarted by a much more aggressive and experienced unit. The game was an unusually low-scoring affair for both teams, with the final score resting at 7-6, a tribute to the solid defense played on both ends of the field.

Hoya sophomore goalkeeper Caitlin Formby recorded 10 saves in the cage, just two shy of her career record. Formby was also on the receiving end of a relentless attack from Northwestern, which out-shot Georgetown 22-13.

On the offensive end, the Hoyas’ top-scorers for the game were junior midfielder Megan Bloomer and sophomore attacker Molly Ford with two goals apiece. Ford was instrumental in bringing the Hoyas back into the game when they were trailing 7-4 with nine minutes to go, first scoring a goal herself and then handing out an assist to put the score at 7-6. But the experienced Northwestern team played calmly despite defensive pressure from the Hoyas, and it snuck away with a hairline victory to improve to 9-0 on the season.

The Hoyas then traveled up to Louisville on Sunday to take on the Cardinals, itching for retribution after a hard-fought game. After a relatively sluggish start to the match, the Blue and Gray picked up the tempo and steamrolled the Cardinals. The eight-goal difference made for a comfortable victory for the Hoyas in which their season top-scorer, sophomore midfielder Ashby Kaestner, added four to her total tally. Six out of the Hoyas’ 13 goals came off free-position shots.

The Hoya defense was a lot more relaxed compared to the levels of stress it had to endure two days before, and Formby was only forced into a total of three saves for the match.

“Coming off an emotional game on Friday at Northwestern, we got off to a bit of a slow start,” Head Coach Ricky Fried said in a press release, “but I was happy we went into the game like it was a Big East game. We had a lot of people contribute [Sunday] in positive ways.”

Georgetown’s next matchup against Syracuse will take place away from home on Saturday at noon.

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