Downs Scores For Bulldogs
The Bulldogs got their first chance to test themselves against a nationally ranked opponent on Sunday in Washington DC, and they more than held their own. No. 20 Georgetown scored a pair of second-half goals, including one late, to escape with a 3-1 win.
"This was a really good test today against a fantastic Georgetown team, and these are the types of games where we learn the most about ourselves," said Kylie Stannard, the 5K Corral Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "We played a very even first half overall and I was really impressed with how we responded after giving up an early goal. Our defensive pressure caused them some troubles in the first half and we had some really good spells of possession to go with it."
The Hoyas struck first just 2:21 into the game when Kyle Zajec scored off a rebound. The Bulldogs, though, answered quickly. Nicky Downs fired a shot from the left side that found the back of the net just 43 seconds after Zajec's goal.
It stayed 1-1 until early in the second half. Derek Dodson put Georgetown ahead at 51:02 when he tallied his fourth goal of the season. With the Bulldogs pressuring for the equalizer, the Hoyas added the final goal with 8:23 remaining.
"Georgetown did a great job in the second half of increasing the pressure, but we also needed to be much more composed when we won the ball so we could relieve the pressure better," Stannard said. "They have what I think is the best forward combination in the nation, and they eventually found the space they needed and made us pay."
The game was played at George Washington. With heavy rain all weekend in Washington, there was a fear that Georgetown's grass field would be unplayable so it was moved.
Stannard, who was very appreciative of George Washington agreeing to host the game, expects this to be a learning experience for his team.
"I'm proud of the effort, but we aren't satisfied with the overall performance or result," he said. "I hope this will be a great motivator for us in training knowing the level of intensity and sharpness that is needed to be a top team. Coach Wiese and his staff do a great job, and I'm excited to use this game to set a higher bar for our team."
The Bulldogs get another shot at a ranked team when No. 3 Michigan State visits Reese Stadium next Friday at 7 p.m. in the home opener.
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity