Georgetown tops Creighton to complete perfect conference season
Thursday afternoon’s Big East regular season finale between No. 6 Georgetown and No. 3 Creighton had everything you could ask for in a college soccer match in November: the nation’s leading scorer, Fabian Herbers, versus the nation’s top defensive prospect, Joshua Yaro with a Big East regular season title on the line.
For much of the day Yaro and the Hoyas defense had the edge, opening a lead in the 17th minute with a goal from Brett Campbell but Herbers would not be denied as he willed the Blue Jays back into the game with a 69th goal that showcased his goal-scoring prowess.
Herbers’ 14th of the season (to go with 12 assists) set up a dramatic finish on the Hilltop as Yaro’s backline mate Keegan Rosenberry delivered a set piece to the head of another defender Cole Seiler, who headed it past Connor Sparrow for the decisive goal in the 83rd minute.
The win completed a perfect conference season and an outright regular season title for the Hoyas, which improved to 9-0-0 in conference and 13-2-2 overall. The loss was just the second of the year for Creighton, which fell to 16-2 and 7-2 in conference.
Both teams are only one win away in a rematch next Sunday in the Big East Championship. Creighton will host the winner of the Butler/Providence quarterfinal next Thursday and Georgetown will host the winner of Xavier/DePaul in the other semifinal on Thursday.
Providence and DePaul earn post-season berths; Butler and Villanova win
Providence earned the final spot in the Big East Tournament with a 4-0 win over St. John’s on Thursday. Julian Gressel had three assists in the game and Alex Vigliotti scored two goals off the bench to keep the Friars’ hopes of returning to the NCAA tournament alive.
DePaul secured the fifth seed in the Big East Tournament with a 3-0 win over Marquette. Kevin Beyer’s goal in the 29th minute held up as the winner and Jalen Harvey and Erik Rodriguez also scored for the Blue Demons, which finished the regular season 5-12-1 overall, but 4-4-1 in conference play.
Butler got a pair of goals from Vincent Mitchell and an early game-winner from David Goldsmith to top Xavier 3-0 and take the third seed in the tournament.
Villanova, meanwhile, needed overtime to deny Seton Hall their first win of the season. The Pirates led 2-0 through first-half goals from Julian Kennedy and Spencer Burkhardt, but Sean Sheridan started the comeback in the 77th minute, Max Kroschwitz tied it in the 78th minute and Sheridan won it in overtime.
Seton Hall finished the season 0-15-1 overall and 0-9-0 in conference play while the Wildcats closed the book on their season with a 3-6-0 conference record and 8-9-0 overall.
Gordon Wild scores 15th goal in SC Upstate win
Freshman Gordon Wild ended a three-game scoreless drought (for him and his team) with a 41st minute equalizer against Jacksonville in a game USC Upstate ended up winning in overtime with a Leon Schwarzer’s second of the day. The win sent the Spartans through to the Atlantic Sun Championship semifinal.
Wild’s 15 goals are tied for the nation’s lead with UC Santa Barbara’s Nick DePuy.