The Stanford men's soccer team was forced to play a man down for the second straight game, hampering any chance for another exciting finish against a nationally-ranked opponent.
No. 3 Georgetown converted a penalty kick following a red card of defender Jimmy Callinan, in the 43rd minute, for bringing Hoya forward Alex Muyl down in the box and tacked on another goal in the final three minutes to insure a 2-0 victory over the Cardinal in a nonconference match Sunday.
The 10-man Cardinal (0-1-1) held its line throughout much of the second half and even created some chances.
It was a tough result to take for a Cardinal team that had threatened well in the opening half and even had a go of it in the second 45 minutes despite the disadvantage in numbers.
Freshman Jordan Morris came within inches of his first collegiate goal but his 26th-minute header was cleared off the line at the last moment by Hoya defender Melvin Snoh.
"I'm very proud of the way we played. The players worked hard and we played some good soccer," Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn said. "It was just unfortunate in the game that we put ourselves in a good position but came off second-best."
Goalie Drew Hutchins made four saves in the match and did well to marshal his back line throughout and especially when reduced to 10 men. Hutchins was called into action just once in the run of play during the first half, and made three saves in the second.
A Cardinal turnover in its own half allowed a ball to be played through to Muyl, who was clipped and brought down in the box by Callinan.
The problem was compounded when the referee went right to the red card for Callinan, reducing the Cardinal to 10 players.
"To be a man down just made it a tough task," Gunn said. "That being said, we regrouped at halftime and played really well in the second half. We had a lot of the possession, looked good on the ball and made sure we were always in touching distance. We kept going and going, and kept very close to the end and they get a breakaway goal."
Ty Thompson's give-and-go with Aaron Kovar off a short corner resulted in a low drive that was stopped by Hoyas goalkeeper Tomas Gomez, who dove to his right to collect the shot, early in the second half.
Thompson had a second attempt blocked 30 seconds later that resulted in a corner kick, but this time the Cardinal couldn't put an effort on frame.
"The first half I thought we were fantastic, we just looked comfortable," Gunn said. "We looked comfortable and were in control of the game and I felt really good about how the game was going".
Stanford returns to action next Saturday night at Santa Clara's Buck Shaw Stadium, taking on the host Broncos in a 7 p.m. match.