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If you are accused of a crime, the only thing standing between your freedom and a verdict of “guilty” is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Georgetown, GA.

Those who have been arrested before know that life in the legal system is no laughing matter. Aside from the imminent ramifications of fines and jail time, any goals you have of bettering yourself and advancing your life could be compromised. Without a trusted attorney by your side, you could face a lifetime of embarrassment and poor employment prospects due to a tarnished criminal record.

The good news? Dennis O’Brien and his team of experienced lawyers in Georgetown are ready to clear your name. By retaining the help of a criminal defense attorney early in the legal process, you have a much better chance of securing your freedom and living a life as a productive member of society.

At O’Brien Law Firm PC, our practice was founded to fight for the rights of individuals accused of or charged with a crime. Our team of legal experts is well-equipped to take even the most difficult, contentious cases. From violent felonies to DUI, there is nothing we haven’t seen and handled. As a former law enforcement officer, founding attorney Dennis O’Brien knows exactly how much a person can lose if convicted. That’s why we work tirelessly to secure a verdict that is favorable for our clients.

Regardless of how serious or minor your case may be, know that we will fight fearlessly on your behalf. You deserve zealous representation – when you hire O’Brien Law Firm PC, you will receive nothing less.

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The O’Brien Law Firm PC Difference

Many of our clients are surprised to discover that founding lawyer Dennis O’Brien was a police officer prior to his criminal defense career. As a former Field Training Officer for the Memphis Police Department, he has over two decades of knowledge and experience in the criminal justice system. Dennis truly understands the nuance and complexities involved in a criminal defense case. This rare experience gives Dennis a clear edge in any criminal defense case and gives clients priceless peace of mind when they need it the most. Unlike some criminal defense attorneys in Georgetown, Dennis O’Brien and his team believe that every client deserves effective, empathetic legal assistance. While some Georgetown criminal defense firms will take weekends off or pass along cases to paralegals, Dennis personally reviews each of his cases. There is no case too small or big for O’Brien Law Firm PC. When you hire our firm, you can rest easy knowing that we will be by your side when the going gets tough.

The OBrien Law Firm PC Difference
Here are just a few reasons why O’Brien Law Firm PC is Georgetown’s top choice in criminal defense:
  • Vigorous Representation
  • Fierce Dedication to Clients
  • Unmatched Experience
  • Face-to-Face Counsel
  • Prompt Response to Inquiries and Questions
  • Commitment to Defending Your Rights
  • Thorough, Effective Research and Investigation
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Our firm has represented hundreds of criminal defense clients
Our firm has represented hundreds of criminal defense clients in Georgetown and is highly qualified to take your case. Some of our specialties include:

Drug Cases in Georgetown, GA

When you are charged with a drug crime in Georgetown, it can change your life forever. Georgia imposes very strict punishments for drug offenses. The truth is, it’s hard to get your life back on track with a drug charge on your record. Your freedom and way of life could be in the hands of your criminal defense attorney. As such, you need a competent lawyer with years of experience handling drug cases. Leaving your fate in the hands of an incompetent attorney could have long-lasting effects on your family and may result in a conviction.

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Consequences for drug crimes in Georgetown often include:

  • Jail
  • Prison
  • Heavy fines
  • Community service
  • Court-ordered drug and alcohol counseling
  • Probation or parole
  • Permanent criminal record

While the consequences for a drug crime in Georgia are serious, there’s reason to be hopeful: O’Brien Law Firm PC is here to fight for you. Remember – being charged with a drug crime is NOT the same thing as being convicted.

Our stellar team has represented many clients facing numerous drug-related charges. While each situation varies, one constant remains the same for clients facing drug charges: a fear of what lies ahead. At O’Brien Law Firm PC our job is to help you overcome the fear of the unknown. We do so by ensuring you understand your charges, the possible outcomes associated with those charges, and the options you need to consider from a criminal defense standpoint.

With more than a decade of experience as Georgetown drug crime attorneys, we have the experience and resources to defend you in court no matter what your charges may be, including:

  • Marijuana
  • Crack
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine
  • Ecstasy

No matter what charge you are facing, our team has the experience and resources to build a comprehensive defense strategy for your drug case in Georgetown, GA. Without a criminal defense attorney acting as your advocate, you could be facing very harsh penalties. Here are a few punishments you could be facing for drug crimes in Georgetown:

  • Schedule I or Schedule II Drug Possession
    Schedule I or Schedule II Drug Possession:

    Having less than a gram (or one milliliter for liquids) of this type of drug results in a prison term of one to three years. Having four grams or milliliter carries a term of one to eight years.

  • Schedule III, IV, or V Drug Possession
    Schedule III, IV, or V Drug Possession:

    Any substance on this list is punishable by a prison sentence of one to three years.

  • Non-Narcotic Schedule II Drug Possession
    Non-Narcotic Schedule II Drug Possession:

    If you have less than two grams or milliliters of this substance, punishments can be between one year and three years. Having up to four grams or milliliters results in a prison sentence of one to eight years.

  • Possession of Marijuana
    Possession of Marijuana:

    Those who are in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana are subject to a jail sentence of up to 12 months. Fines may be no more than $1,000. Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana can result in a prison term of one to 10 years.

To avoid these life-changing punishments, you must take action now. Contact O’Brien Law Firm today for a consultation about your case.

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Violent Crime Cases in Georgetown, GA

Violent crime offenses in Georgetown typically involve some form of bodily harm to another individual, actions committed against an individual’s will, or threatening someone with bodily harm. Aggravated violent offenses are more severe charges and often occur when a violent crime is made more serious due to circumstances like deadly weapons.

Much like serious drug cases, violent crimes create an added layer of negativity that follows the accused for the rest of their life. In these cases, even an accusation is enough to cause irreparable damage to a person’s reputation. Those convicted of a violent crime face severe penalties that can include years in a correctional facility.

Common crimes of this nature include but are not limited to:
  • Murder
  • Assault with the intent to murder
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Carjacking

When you are accused of any of the above crimes, your freedom hangs in the balance. The outcome of your case will determine whether you leave the courtroom with your freedom intact or stripped away to serve time behind bars. Because the punishments for violent crimes are so extreme, you should be seeking legal counsel from a criminal defense attorney in Georgetown, GA, as soon as possible. As a former police officer with a long record of positive verdicts in violent crime cases, Dennis O’Brien is well equipped to represent you in court.

Having a criminal defense lawyer by your side is the best way to avoid the serious punishments associated with violent crimes. These punishments usually result in prison time if convicted and include:
Forced rape: 20 years
Armed robbery: Up to 20 years
Simple assault: Up to 12 months
Aggravated assault: 10 to 20 years
Aggravated battery: Up to 20 years
Involuntary manslaughter: One to 20 years
Vehicular homicide Up to 15 years
Murder: Life in prison or the death sentence
Zealous Representation Without Judgement

As a former police officer, Dennis O’Brien has seen the toll it takes on a person when charged with a crime. His time in law enforcement allows him to empathize with his clients who desperately need competent representation. Despite being innocent until proven guilty, accusations are scary, and conviction could be a reality. That is why you must work with a trustworthy criminal defense lawyer in Georgetown, GA who will work tirelessly to clear your name.

Clients choose O’Brien Law Firm because we believe in open communication, honesty, and hard work. It is not our job to act as judges for those who have been accused of crimes. Rather, our goal is to find the best defense that allows us to protect our clients’ rights and freedoms.

DUI Cases in Georgetown, GA

Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most common crimes committed in Georgia. Punishments for such a crime can be severe, and for understandable reasons – when a person operates a vehicle while they are intoxicated, they’re putting their life and the lives of others at risk.

While DUI is a serious crime that completely upend the accused’s life, the earnest desire to end drunk driving can make police officers too eager to catch a person who they believe is under the influence.

DUI Cases

The city of Georgetown, Georgia, has implemented severe punishments for DUI, even for first-time offenders. Individuals charged with DUI in Georgetown could face:

  • Very expensive fines and fees
  • Loss of license
  • Incarceration

Fortunately, if you or someone you love has been charged with DUI, there is hope. This is particularly true when the accused is administered a breath or blood test for DUI. In fact, cases that involve a breath and/or blood test are beaten daily. When you hire O’Brien Law Firm PC, we will dive deep into your DUI case in Georgetown and examine every angle possible for your case to be dismissed. Here are just a few questions our team will investigate:

  • Was the stop legal? If not, your case could be dismissed
  • Is there enough evidence or probable cause to arrest you? If not, Dennis O’Brien will file a pre-trial motion and will fight hard to have your case dismissed before trial.
  • Did the police read you your implied consent rights? If not, your case could be thrown out. Failure to read implied consent rights to the accused is one of the most common police errors.
  • Were your blood testing records and breathalyzer results maintained? Breath testing comes with inherent weaknesses that can create doubt in a juror’s mind.

There are numerous ways to beat a DUI case in Georgia, from unreliable field sobriety tests to inaccurate state-administered breath tests. As a veteran criminal defense lawyer in Georgetown, GA, Dennis O’Brien has the knowledge and experience to expose the state’s mistakes and fight for your rights. When you hire O’Brien Law Firm PC your chances of dismissal are greatly increased. When your case is dismissed, you can continue living life without the burden of a criminal record.

If you or someone you love is accused of a crime in Georgetown, GA, don’t leave fate up to the prosecution. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family before it’s too late.

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Stranger Suggests: Quilts, Kung-Fu, and a War on Christmas

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2: PIONEER SQUARE ART WALKThis Thursday is the first Thursday of the month, which means one thing: Pioneer Square Art Walk. This month's edition is a promising one. First, you need to roll, walk, run, sprint—I don't care how you get your ass to Greg Kucera Gallery, where they are showing quilts and etchings by Gee's Bend Quilters; just get your ass over there. Quilting in Gee's Bend, Alabama, goes ...

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2: PIONEER SQUARE ART WALK

This Thursday is the first Thursday of the month, which means one thing: Pioneer Square Art Walk. This month's edition is a promising one. First, you need to roll, walk, run, sprint—I don't care how you get your ass to Greg Kucera Gallery, where they are showing quilts and etchings by Gee's Bend Quilters; just get your ass over there. Quilting in Gee's Bend, Alabama, goes back to the 1800s, stitched and created by Black-American women from the hamlet who have passed down the tradition for generations. In 2002, Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times called these quilts "some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced." Seriously, sprint.

The Seattle Art Museum will also have a free community celebration of the recent opening of Imogen Cunningham: A Retrospective. From 1 pm until museum-close at 5 pm, experience three pop-up performances by movement artists Abdiel Jacobsen, Akoiya Harris, and Nia-Amina Minor responding to Cunningham's work or go on a My Favorite Things tour with performance artist/choreographer (also my former roommate) Alice Gosti at 4:30 pm. If you're feeling so totally anti-social that you Can't Even, the museum will still be free ALL DAY (including special exhibitions), and there will be a "self-guided art activity" if you just want to look and not interact!

Pioneer Square Art Walk runs from 5 pm-8 pm on Thursday, December 2. The event is free and masks are required (at the Seattle Art Museum, so is proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test).

STARTING THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, AND RUNNING THROUGH FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24: SCOTT SHOEMAKER'S WAR ON CHRISTMAS AT THEATRE OFF JACKSON

After going virtual last year, the beloved local holiday variety show Scott Shoemaker's War on Christmas is back and in-person, baby. In an interview last month with The Stranger's Matt Baume, Shoemaker assured that the show is "the same format as always, a '70s variety show that goes awry." This year, he and his castmates Waxie Moon, Adé, Faggedy Randy, and Mandy Price have prepared a "twisted version of A Christmas Carol" that they have translated from Re-bar (rest in power) to Theatre Off Jackson in the International District. Shoemaker told The Stranger that they're taking every precaution they can to make sure this very naughty night of song, dance, comedy, videos, and (partial) nudity goes down without a hitch. They have even consulted with UW virologists to make sure you can laugh your little Christmas booties off in (relative) peace. It's time to make the Yuletide gay!

Scott Shoemaker's War on Christmas kicks off on Thursday, December 2 at Theatre Off Jackson. Tickets start $28 and performance times vary. The event is 21+, and masks and proof of vaccination (or recent negative COVID test) are required for entry.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3: ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA AT THE BEACON

It looks like this weekend will be another spent under the haze of rain, clouds, and cold—so let's kick the sads with a day at the movies. And not just any movie, a kung-fu movie. On Friday, The Beacon will screen Tsui Hark's Once Upon a Time in China, a movie epic starring Jet Li as Wong Fei-hung, a martial arts badass and folk hero who battles Western imperialists encroaching on mainland China. As it so happens, my colleague Chase Burns wrote about Hark's film for our Unstreamable column last year. Here's some of what had to say about it:

Wong was an expert in Hung Ga, a Cantonese martial art characterized by movements like the "sei ping ma" horse stance and tiger claw. Once Upon a Time in China is hardly the only popular film to feature Wong—he's portrayed in over 100 films and TV series; there's even a theme song associated with him—but it's probably the most significant.

Tsui's plot-making can be hard to follow but his direction is famously balletic. The opening sequence of Once Upon a Time in China is one of the best hooks of all time. Watch it, it's clear why it became a decade-defining franchise.

Once Upon a Time in China plays at The Beacon on Friday, December 3 at 8 pm. Tickets are $12.50 and masks and proof of vaccination are required.

ENDING SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4: EMILY COUNTS' GHOST GARMENT GARDEN AT STUDIO E GALLERY

I had a chance to catch Emily Counts' truly resplendent solo show Ghost Garment Garden at studio e gallery last weekend and it was absolutely worth the two buses I had to catch to get there. The exhibition is an ode to the maximalist and magical qualities of grandmothers, from their ancient-seeming baubles to their aura of infinite wisdom. Counts is a master of her medium, wizardly manipulating clay to create flower bouquets, textured panels, and power figures lit up from inside. Many of her pieces are self-portraits that imagine what her future self will look like, in what studio e describes as inviting "a sense of optimism and power to the aging process." Nature and imagination collide beautifully in this show that's colored with lapis lazuli blues, radiant oranges, and one of the most compelling shades of beige I've ever seen. Pro-tip: ask to have the overheads dimmed inside the gallery to see the colorful lights Counts placed in some of her pieces more clearly.

Emily Counts' Ghost Garment Garden ends on Saturday, December 4 at studio e gallery in Georgetown. The gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays from 12-5 pm or by appointment. Masks are required.

Some residents concerned by development plan in Georgetown

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Residents in the Southern Woods at Rice Mill neighborhood are concerned about a proposal to amend the neighborhood’s current zoning plans.“Sticking to the original plan for the neighborhood is really all we’re asking for,” said resident Wayne Shifflett.Georgetown resident Wayne Shifflett has lived in the Southern Woods at Rice Mill neighborhood for 16 years. The things he says he loves about the area is that it’s quiet and full of nature. Things he’s concerned a new zon...

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Residents in the Southern Woods at Rice Mill neighborhood are concerned about a proposal to amend the neighborhood’s current zoning plans.

“Sticking to the original plan for the neighborhood is really all we’re asking for,” said resident Wayne Shifflett.

Georgetown resident Wayne Shifflett has lived in the Southern Woods at Rice Mill neighborhood for 16 years. The things he says he loves about the area is that it’s quiet and full of nature. Things he’s concerned a new zoning plan would take away.

“It’s going to cause a lot of safety issues, a lot of issues with the environment and with our house values.”

According to the Metropolitan Planning Commission, a developer, Drapac Capital Partners, submitted an application to them asking to change the current zoning that allows approximately 120 lots to allow 155 lots.

“Our organization strongly feels that it would have a detrimental effect on not only to the aesthetics of the area, but the traffic coming in and out. We feel there’s probably a potential for flooding problems because it’s soft, dead ground back there and they’ll be paving over it,” said Ken Johnson, President of Southern Woods HOA.

With their request, the MPC says the lots would have to be brought down from the current 10,000 square foot lots to 6,000 square feet to fit all of the houses in.

“The property in question has been an undeveloped property for many years,” said District 6 Alderman Kurtis Purtee.

Alderman Kurtis Purtee has been contacted by the residents and says he wants to hear their concerns. He says first the request would have to be approved or denied by the MPC board. If approved, it would be the city council’s job to then approve or deny it.

“My role as the alderman is to gather the information from the community. Ask them what’s important, what they want to see, what don’t they want to see,” said Purtee.

“We’re trying to build a community out here that’s safe and friendly and not crowded,” said Johnson.

Alderman Purtee will be meeting the residents on Tuesday at 5 p.m. Residents hope this meeting will show the city that the rezoning plan is not desired.

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Georgetown coach Ewing comes to Savannah to see D'Ante Bass work out at Windsor Forest

As high school basketball season approaches, the recruitment of Windsor Forest's D'Ante Bass is heating up.Bass has offers from Xavier, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Georgetown. On Thursday, Sept. 30, Hoyas head coach Patrick Ewing came to Savannah to see Bass work out at the Windsor Forest High School gym.Ewing played for the legendary John Thompson at Georgetown and helped lead the Hoyas to the NCAA finals in 1983, where they lost to North Carolina, before leading Georgetown to a national title in ...

As high school basketball season approaches, the recruitment of Windsor Forest's D'Ante Bass is heating up.

Bass has offers from Xavier, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Georgetown. On Thursday, Sept. 30, Hoyas head coach Patrick Ewing came to Savannah to see Bass work out at the Windsor Forest High School gym.

Ewing played for the legendary John Thompson at Georgetown and helped lead the Hoyas to the NCAA finals in 1983, where they lost to North Carolina, before leading Georgetown to a national title in 1984. He went on to a 17-year career in the NBA, mostly with the New York Knicks and is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

He started coaching at his alma mater in 2017 after 15 years as an NBA assistant coach.

Ewing played on the NCAA championship team with Savannah State men's coach Horace Broadnax, and the friends came together to see Bass workout.

"It was the first time I met coach Ewing in person," said Bass, a 6-foot-7 guard, rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports. "He's really down to earth. He talked to my mom and to coach (Aaron) Clark and they both liked him a lot, too."

Bass said he has seen highlights of Ewing's play in college and the pros.

"He was a force to be reckoned with," Bass said.

So is Bass, who is considered one of the most versatile, athletic players in the state.

Last season, he averaged 16.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 1.6 assists and 1.1 blocks per game to earn All-Region 3-3A first-team honors. Bass helped lead the Knights to the GHSA Class 3A state semifinals. He was an All-Greater Savannah first-team pick for the second year in a row, and was a first-team all-state selection in Class 3A by Sandysspiel.com.

Some teammates at Windsor Forest joined him for the workout, and Bass said the atmosphere in the gym was great.

"They've seen me play a lot with my AAU team (the Atlanta Celtics), where I was playing power forward. I think I impressed coach Ewing with my dribbling and shooting ability," Bass said. "I'm going to be playing guard at the next level, so that's what I'm focusing on."

Bass said he and his mother have been researching the schools that are recruiting him.

"Georgetown has a great reputation academically, and that's important to us," Bass said. "After meeting coach Ewing and learning more about the school, I could see myself going there in the future, maybe."

Bass said Memphis, Nevada and East Carolina have also been showing a lot of interest and he has plans to to meet with coaches from those schools, along with Georgia. He also plans an official visit to Georgetown, located in Washington, D.C.

Clark said it was a great experience meeting Ewing.

"It's not every day that you get to meet a Hall of Famer and member of the (Olympic) Dream Team," said Clark, set to begin his ninth year leading the Knights program. "He was very candid and open, and had some great stories. He was super down to earth, and I think he liked what he saw in D'Ante.

"I think D'Ante is handling the recruiting attention well. He's asking all the right questions, and 90% of them are about the education the schools can offer. He's not falling in love with just one school. He's been working hard and wants to make an informed decision."

Clark said when recruiters come to see Bass, he is letting them know about other players from schools in the area who also deserve a look.

"Every time someone comes out, we let them know about the great players we have all around Savannah," Clark said. "We're in a good situation, and the goal is to spread it around Savannah."

Dennis Knight covers sports for the Savannah Morning News. Contact him at Dknight@savannahnow.com. Twitter: @DennisKnightSMN

Georgetown Family Dental Celebrates 5 Years with Local Georgetown Community

On Thursday, August 5, 2021: Georgetown Family Dental is celebrating five years of successful dental services to the Georgetown community. In honor of their 5-year work anniversary, Georgetown Family Dental is hosting a drop-in celebration: Smiles in Georgetown. Smiles in Georgetown is a community wide event promoting local Georgetown health and wellness businesses.“We are so proud of the milestone our practice has achieved,” says Dr. Maynard DDS. “We could not have done it without the support of the Georgetown commu...

On Thursday, August 5, 2021: Georgetown Family Dental is celebrating five years of successful dental services to the Georgetown community. In honor of their 5-year work anniversary, Georgetown Family Dental is hosting a drop-in celebration: Smiles in Georgetown. Smiles in Georgetown is a community wide event promoting local Georgetown health and wellness businesses.

“We are so proud of the milestone our practice has achieved,” says Dr. Maynard DDS. “We could not have done it without the support of the Georgetown community.”

Smiles in Georgetown event is presented by Georgetown Family Dental and will feature other community businesses on Thursday, August 5, 2021, from 4:00pm to 6:30pm, located at 821 King George Blvd, Savannah, GA 31419. Georgetown Family Dental will be providing entertainment, refreshments, and heavy hors d’oeuvres catered by Southern Palate. Representatives of all the media companies are cordially invited to make this Georgetown event a successful one. Our goal is to publicize the Georgetown community, residents, and local health and wellness businesses in the Georgetown and Savannah Southside area.

Georgetown Family Dental is working with local Georgetown businesses that are focused on health and wellness of Georgetown and Savannah Southside residents. Each partner will have a booth at the Smiles in Georgetown event and will be able to showcase their local business.

Georgetown Family Dental is a locally owned and operated dental practice by Dr. Roy Maynard, Jr, DDS. Obtained in 2016, Dr. Maynard continues to grow the practice by focusing on quality dental care to patients in Georgetown and the greater Savannah area. Georgetown Family Dental uses the latest technology advancements in dentistry to keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright in a relaxing office staffed with an awesome dental team!

Dr. Roy Maynard, Jr. has been in dentistry for 12 years. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, he spent most of his life in North Carolina attending high school and college at North Carolina State University. Dr. Maynard graduated from NCSU with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Business Administration. After his undergraduate studies Dr. Maynard relocated to Savannah, GA and worked as a dental assistant. Dr. Maynard later completed dental school with honors and awards at Howard University in Washington, DC. In 2016, Dr. Maynard obtained his current practice, Georgetown Family Dental, where he continues to impact lives one smile at a time.

Dr. Maynard loves being involved with the community and volunteers frequently. Many of his community outreach projects are focused on helping residents in the Savannah area and giving back to those in need.

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90 minutes at Georgetown separate WVU from the College Cup

(Dan Stratford pregame Zoom conference)MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Dan Stratford’s second season leading his alma mater at West Virginia has already produced a pair of NCAA Tournament victories and WVU’s deepest run through the bracket in forty years. The No. 11 Mountaineers travel to face No. 3 Georgetown Saturday at noon with a spot in the Men’s Soccer College Cup awarded to the winner of the national quarterfinal match.“I probably haven’t allowed it to sink in what we hav...

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Dan Stratford’s second season leading his alma mater at West Virginia has already produced a pair of NCAA Tournament victories and WVU’s deepest run through the bracket in forty years. The No. 11 Mountaineers travel to face No. 3 Georgetown Saturday at noon with a spot in the Men’s Soccer College Cup awarded to the winner of the national quarterfinal match.

“I probably haven’t allowed it to sink in what we have achieved up to this point because we don’t feel like we are done. We still feel like there is so much more to accomplish. What an incredible opportunity Saturday against Georgetown to make even greater inroads to those history books and be the first team to make the Final Four,” said Stratford.

“It is the nature this time of year that as soon as you win one you almost immediately look on to the next one. That’s what we have done here. We took a brief, brief moment to enjoy it and acknowledge the accomplishment but we very quickly turned our attention to Georgetown.”

After receiving a bye in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, West Virginia (12-3-5) advanced past Virginia Tech on penalty kicks in the second round. Last Saturday, WVU won at No. 6 Tulsa, 1-0 in double overtime. Another upset on the road is required for the Mountaineers to progress through the draw.

“We can take a ton of confidence from the experiences in this tournament. The way in which we have gone through and advanced — it doesn’t hurt that we had a penalty shootout and it doesn’t hurt that we have had a double overtime win. I would love to end this one in regulation, obviously. But having some of those adversities and having the challenges and the quality of competition we have had, not just in the postseason but in the regular season as well, bodes well for us going into this game.”

The Hoyas (18-2) have defeated Georgia State and Providence in their first two NCAA Tournament matches. Georgetown has conceded just fourteen goals in twenty matches.

“In terms of what Brian Wiese has done there as head coach and how that program has evolved, being the national champion in 2019, it is pretty spectacular. They have shown incredible growth and have proven that they are a powerhouse.

“The biggest thing with Georgetown ultimately is that they are incredibly organized. They are incredibly well-drilled and bought in to what it is that they do. They look like they are versatile enough to adjust how they defend based on what they see from their opponent.”

Stratford is seeking his sixth trip to an NCAA Final Four and his first at the Division I level.

“The Elite Eight is cool. But I assure you the Final Four is even cooler. I have been very, very fortunate that I went to five Final Fours during my time at Charleston as an assistant coach or a head coach. There is something special about that whole week. There is something special about turning up at the hotel and knowing that you have arrived at the Final Four.

“Not to say I am relieved, I am content with where we are. But it is what I expected and my ambition for this program. I am not giving myself a pat on the back just yet or feel like we have done something amazing. We have done what I expected this program to be able to do.”

The winner of Saturday’s quarterfinal will face the St. Louis-Washington winner at the College Cup in Cary, N.C. on December 10.

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