Friday, October 07, 2022

The Washington men’s soccer team met again with Georgetown, the NCAA championship game in jeopardy

CARY, North Carolina – Washington’s men’s soccer team will have to cross Georgetown once again to reach its goal.

Two years ago, they lost the lead in the second half, losing 2-1 to host Hoyas in the Elite Eight.

On Friday, the odds are even higher as 2nd-ranked Washington (17-1-2) will face 3rd-ranked Georgetown in the National Cup semifinals at 5:30 (PST) in the College Cup. No. 4 Notre Dame (14-5-4) will play No. 8 Clemson (15-5-1) in the other semifinal.

“These guys are getting ready for the event, so we’re getting ready,” said UW coach Jamie Clark, whose team is participating in the College Cup for the first time in program history.

Washington seemed ready in 2019, when they finished 6th in the tournament and 3rd in Georgetown, leading 1-0 in the fourth minute.

The score was saved until the 72nd minute when Georgetown took a free kick and scored the winner four minutes later.

“We felt like we let someone run away two years ago,” Clark said. “We had a moment to make it 2-0 – I don’t remember (joked). Then they went down and put one down four minutes later.

Georgetown coach Brian Viz said: “It was one of the toughest games I’ve played as a coach.”

But the Hoyas overcame it and won the national championship.

The Friday winner will have one win from the national championship.

“It’s a great opportunity,” UW goalkeeper Sam Fowler said of the rematch with Georgetown, “and to be honest, a lot of the guys on our team have matured since that game, including me. The last game ( Against Georgetown) is not in my mind, this time it is an opportunity to do something great. ”

Although the competition between the two teams has started, it is a competition that stands out with respect. The two coaches have long been friends, with Viz Clark being an assistant coach at Stanford when he played there, then coaching under Clark’s father, Bobby, for 10 years before joining Georgetown.

“Brian is the best. He really is and his success speaks for itself,” Clark said.

And about Wiese Clark: “It’s already too late for him to compete in the College Cup with what he did in Washington. We are looking forward to this game and I think it will be a great advertisement for college football about what his team is, who they are and how they play. It’s hard to fight Jamie Clark. He’s one of those fun kids who thinks about the game differently. “

Both friends are very competitive and each wants to send the other home early.

“What we always say is, work another week, work another week, and there are no other weeks anymore, so we’ll try to work two more days,” Clark said.

Fowler started as a freshman in 2019 when Georgetown defeated UW, and since then he has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the country.

Clark said he played great in the big games and Fowler said he was ready for anything, including a penalty kick if the score was equal after two extra time.

“I’m sure we won’t have to take a penalty, but I’m sure if we do, our guys will do well and put theirs aside, but I feel I have a chance to stop. a few too. … I think this is a strong suit for me.

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