FILE PHOTO: CHRIS GRIVAS/THE HOYA Senior midfielder Tyler Rudy  scored what would be the winning goal in the Hoyas’ 3-1 victory over Princeton on Wednesday. Rudy has two goals on the season and is one of the team’s captains.
FILE PHOTO: CHRIS GRIVAS/THE HOYA
Senior midfielder Tyler Rudy scored what would be the winning goal in the Hoyas’ 3-1 victory over Princeton on Wednesday. Rudy has two goals on the season and is one of the team’s captains.

The No. 13 Georgetown men’s soccer team broke its streak of bad luck and tough results against on Wednesday, defeating the Princeton Tigers (1-2-1) 3-1 in a nationally televised game. The Hoyas (3-1-3) scored three times in the last 30 minutes of the game, which was played in Princeton, N.J., including game-tying and game-winning goals within a minute of each other.

From the opening whistle, Georgetown thoroughly controlled the ball and the pace of the game. In fact, the Hoyas had the vast majority of possession and chances throughout the game. The first of these chances came in the 12th minute, when senior midfielder Austin Martz had a lunging chance after a failed clearance by Princeton’s junior goalkeeper Ben Hummel. Hummel recovered, however, and managed to dive at the ball as it approached the goal line and push it away from goal. Replays showed that the ball had partially crossed the line, but a goal is only scored if it crosses entirely.

“[Martz] has put himself in good spots. He is a dangerous player. This [season] is really the first time, though, that he has been in a position getting the type of minutes that you would like to see goals and assists come out of,” Head Coach Brian Wiese said.

After several more dangerous chances, including shots by sophomore forward Alex Muyl and junior forward Brandon Allen, the game’s first goal arrived in the 36th minute, but it didn’t come from a Hoyas attack. Instead, Tigers senior forward Porter Cameron confidently finished a cross, burying a hard shot to the right of senior goalkeeper and captain Tomas Gomez to give Princeton an unexpected 1-0 lead.

“At that stage [after the goal], you are interested to see how the team responds,” Wiese said. “In the locker room at halftime … I thought the guys had a real nice calmness to them. I told them ‘look, you are going to win the game as long as you don’t lose your discipline and what you are trying to do.’”

Georgetown continued to look like the better side in the second half. The Hoyas forced 10 saves from Hummel, while Gomez was only forced to make one, and the Blue and Gray outshot Princeton 19 to five. The Hoyas’ superior play paid off in the 61st minute when Allen scored his sixth goal in seven games. He found himself in a one-on-one opportunity after a through ball hit by Muyl and took a touch around a defender before shooting to the right side of the goal.

Senior midfielder and captain Tyler Rudy put the team ahead less than two minutes later with a hard, long-range shot that has become his trademark. Princeton was unable to mount any serious attempt at a comeback, and the Georgetown defense stymied the few forays forward the home team did muster. Martz put the game away when he ran onto another missed clearance by the Princeton defense and scored with a shot just inside the right goalpost. The goal was Martz’s first of his career.

“[Martz] may not be listed as a captain, but he plays that role for us as a senior. He is a team-first guy. There is not a drop of selfishness in this kid. To see him have the year he has had so far … and playing his role as a senior is very satisfying for everyone involved with the program,” Wiese said.

A goal seemed inevitable for Martz, who has been one of Georgetown’s best attacking players so far this season. He is tied for third on the team in points and has menaced opponents with his speed with the ball. After three years as a substitute, Martz has more than made the most of his starting spot in his final year.

Georgetown will host William and Mary (2-4) this Sunday, with the match set to kickoff at 4 p.m. on Shaw Field. Senior midfielder Chris Albiston and sophomore forward Reilly Maw have been the Tribe’s most dangerous players this year, each having scored three goals this year. Despite losses to Saint Francis University and East Tennessee State, Wiese still believes that William and Mary is an opponent to be taken seriously.

“We have left a lot on the table for our bigger picture goals that we have to address,” Wiese said. “I don’t think there is any team out there that we can play at this stage that is a team we can take for granted.

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