JULIA HENNRIKUS/THE HOYA Freshman midfielder Arun Basuljevic scored the only goal in Georgetown’s 1-0 win over William & Mary.
JULIA HENNRIKUS/THE HOYA
Freshman midfielder Arun Basuljevic scored the only goal in Georgetown’s 1-0 win over William & Mary.

The No. 13 Georgetown men’s soccer team (4-1-3) won its second straight game Sunday, edging the William & Mary Tribe (2-0-5) 1-0 at home. The Hoyas recorded their third shutout of the season in a sluggish affair.

When the game started, the temperature sat at a humid 83 degrees. The weather conditions would have a major impact on the game, causing players to leave the pitch and slowing down the pace of play.

“Personally for me, even being from Florida, [the weather] is still pretty tough, with the heat and everything. But at the end of the day, you have to overcome that. You can’t blame the weather for everything, but I do think it plays a factor,” sophomore midfielder Bakie Goodman said.

The first major impact of the sweltering weather came in the 22nd minute. Senior midfielder and captain Tyler Rudy collapsed on the field from dehydration and had to be helped to the sideline. He did not play the remainder of the game. After trainers attended to Rudy, he returned to Shaw Field to cheer on his teammates, and he is expected to be cleared to play imminently.

The heat also affected the quality of play for both teams. Neither side seemed to have success stringing passes together, especially in dangerous positions. Both teams were also content at times to pass the ball among the back four defenders, holding possession without creating many scoring opportunities.

“It was not a great advertisement for college soccer today. I’ll be honest with you; it was not a pretty game to watch. But you are not [going to] run through your season and have every game go easy and look beautiful,” Head Coach Brian Wiese said.

The lone goal of the game seemed to appear out of nowhere, when a long pass from junior defender Josh Turnley bounced to freshman midfielder Arun Basuljevic. Basuljevic, who entered the game as a substitute for fellow freshman midfielder Christopher Lema in the 29th minute, hit an ambitious line-drive shot from well-outside the 18-yard box that made it past the diving goalkeeper into the back of the net. The goal put the Hoyas ahead 1-0 in the 34th minute, a lead that the team would not relinquish.

The rest of the game played out much as it had before Basuljevic’s goal. Although the second half saw more chances, neither team played a crisper style of soccer. The Hoyas’ best two chances were created by crosses from the outside that made it across the face of goal. Neither one, however, found anyone waiting to tap the ball into the goal. The result was one of Georgetown’s least impressive offensive performances so far this season.

“It was a combination of William & Mary being pretty effective in how they were playing, and, on the flip side of that, we were really not sharp. We were missing passes, and the weight of the stuff was off,” Wiese said.

The Tribe struggled just as much as the Hoyas did and only had one opportunity that troubled the steady back line of Georgetown. That one shot, which came in the 76th minute, was blocked by junior defender Cole Seiler before it could make it to the net vacated by senior goalkeeper and captain Tomas Gomez, who had come out of goal to challenge the William & Mary attacker.

Despite the lackluster performance, the Hoyas are pleased with the result.

“I’m down about the game, but definitely [also] relieved. I’m really happy that we got the win,” Goodman said. “Coming off that Princeton game [which Georgetown won 3-1] and then this one, I think we are definitely getting into a bit of a roll.”

The Blue and Gray are gathering momentum as their nonconference schedule nears its conclusion, but Wiese also believes that the team needs the long week before its next game to recover from a difficult run of games.

“We have been playing midweek and two on the weekends, we haven’t had any breaks since we started the season off. For their legs and their mental focus, they need a couple days to themselves and to get on top of their studies. Then we will get back after it on Wednesday,” Wiese said.

Georgetown will play its next game on Saturday at Butler (3-2-3) in both teams’ Big East opener. The Hoyas defeated the Bulldogs 4-1 at home last season. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m.

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