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Homecoming Success: Hoyas Soccer knocks of Butler as Football dominates Lafayette

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Saturday was a rousing Homecoming success at Georgetown as the men's soccer team and the football team both notched decisive victories.

Saturday was Homecoming at Georgetown and with the Thompson Center under construction in the space formerly reserved for the tailgate, hundreds of current students and young alums gathered on the esplanade between Hariri (business school), Regents (science building), and Harbin Halls to prep for a big day of Hoya sports (and drink a lot of beer). It was a beautiful day on the Hilltop and it was to be a very successful one as well.

The #12-ranked men's soccer team kicked off the festivities at Shaw Field at noon against the #21-ranked Butler Bulldogs. The Hoyas controlled play throughout the first half (and much of the game) and took a 1-0 lead into the break after a 28th minute goal from senior Brandon Allen. The second half saw more Hoya dominance and in the 55th minute the Hoyas doubled their lead with a goal off of a corner from senior defender Cole Seiler. The Hoyas would threaten several more times throughout, but the game ended with the same 2-0 score.

The Hoyas outshot Butler 23-8 and had nine corner kicks, while Butler only managed one. Freshman goalie T.J. Marcinkowski continued his stellar season with his 4th shutout. Georgetown continues Big East play on Wednesday as Marquette comes to town. The Hoyas are currently tied for first place in the Big East with the unanimous #1 team in the country, Creighton.

As the soccer game wrapped up, the Hoyas football team was just about ready to christen the newly named (and painted) Cooper Field against Patriot League foe Lafayette. It was the second dominant performance from a Hoyas team on Homecoming. The Hoyas jumped out to a 17-0 before surrendering a late second quarter touchdown to narrow the lead to 17-7. However, the Hoyas ran a nearly flawless version of the 4-minute-offense, scoring a touchdown with just 27 seconds let in the first half to go into the break up 17.

The Hoyas would add two touchdowns in the third quarter and then just held serve through the 4th quarter to finish off the 38-7 win, their largest margin of victory over a Patriot League opponent ever. Senior QB Kyle Nolan threw a career high 5 touchdown passes to lead the Hoyas. Georgetown is now 3-3 and 1-0 in the Patriot League. They face Colgate (2-4, 1-0) Saturday at Cooper Field.

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All-in-all it was a great day on the Hilltop. The weather was perfect and the Hoyas in action dominated amidst a background of a changing campus landscape (the Thompson Center is going to be ready so soon). Hoya Saxa.