Washington tops Georgetown 2-1 in College Cup semifinal

Dec 10, 2021, 7:34 AM | Updated: 9:39 pm
Washington's Kalani Kossa-Rienzi, right, moves the ball as Georgetown's Dante Polvara defends durin...

Washington's Kalani Kossa-Rienzi, right, moves the ball as Georgetown's Dante Polvara defends during the first half of an NCAA men's soccer tournament semifinal in Cary, N.C., Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)

(AP Photo/Ben McKeown)

CARY, N.C. (AP) — Lucas Meek and Charlie Ostrem each scored, and Washington beat Georgetown 2-1 on Friday night to advance to the College Cup championship game.

The Huskies, making their first appearance in the College Cup, will face Clemson in Sunday’s title match. The Tigers beat Notre Dame in a penalty shootout in Friday’s earlier semifinal.

“We’ve been seizing moments lately and I think in soccer if you take advantage of your moments, you’re going to keep playing games,” Washington coach Jamie Clark said.

After a scoreless first half, Meek scored for the Huskies in the 54th minute. Moments later, Ostrem sent a blast from atop the box into the top right corner.

“Once-in-a-lifetime goal. And it just came at the right time,” Ostrem said.

Goalkeeper Sam Fowler extended his Washington record with his 29th postseason save. He got a hand on Marlon Tabora’s shot in the 70th minute to push it up and over the net.

Zach Riviere closed the gap for the Hoyas with a header in the 80th minute. He had a chance to tie it in the final seconds but his attempt went over the goal.

“It’s a funny game. When you play a team like Washington, it can go a ton of different directions,” Georgetown coach Brian Wiese said. “I actually thought we did a fantastic job limiting what they were trying to do for the first 45 minutes. I think they really didn’t have a whole lot of dangerous opportunities, and to say that about an opponent like Washington it’s a real tribute. The downside was that we were also limited.”

The Hoyas, national champions in 2019, were making their third College Cup appearance.

The teams had met once before, with Georgetown winning 2-1 in the 2019 NCAA tournament quarterfinals.

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