Allen's Goal Propels Hoyas Past Eagles
Aug. 27, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer squad used a late goal from freshman Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph) to down the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles (0-2-0), 1-0, Monday afternoon at North Kehoe Field. With the win, the Blue & Gray improved to 2-0 on the season.
"It's a great result, Florida Gulf Coast is an NCAA Tournament-caliber program with a lot of young, talented guys," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "It's a good result for us and we're very happy with the outcome. I don't think we started the game particularly well, but we got in the boy's head at halftime and reminded them what type of game we wanted to play. The second half was good and it was a special finish by the big fella there to win it."
The Hoyas possessed early, but it was FGCU that looked dangerous midway through with two good shots. One went far right and the other bounced over the crossbar as the Blue & Gray attempted to regain momentum.
Georgetown's best chance of the first came in the 18th minute when freshman forward Melvin Snoh (Coatesville, Pa./Malvern Prep) served in a ball to senior midfielder John Snyder (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) who had an open header six yards out but hit it wide.
Georgetown had a spark early on as the Hoyas searched for the first goal of the game in the second half. However, neither squad could find the answer as the minutes ticked away.
With ten minutes remaining in the contest, the Eagles were charging as sophomore goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) was forced into a diving save to keep the game scoreless.
A pair of helicopter delays gave both squads a break on the hot, humid day as each wanted the game winner.
The answer came just seconds later as Allen received a long ball from Gomez in the box with his back to the goal and defender. The forward spun to his left and hit a shot into the top corner of the net off of his left foot to make it 1-0.
Allen's goal marked the first of his collegiate career.
In the final eight minutes, the Eagles sent everyone forward looking for the equalizer and the Hoyas took advantage by keeping possession on offense.
Sophomore midfielder Tom Skelly (Albuquerque, N.M./Shattuck St. Mary's) had a two good looks at the net in the last two minutes, and Florida Gulf Coast never had a chance to counter making the final 1-0.
The Hoyas outshot FGCU, 14-11, and took four corner kicks to the Eagles' three. Gomez took the win in the net with three saves, while Nathan Ingham had seven saves for Florida Gulf Coast.
The Hoyas will be back in action this weekend with two games at North Kehoe Field. On Friday, the squad will host Cal State Northridge at 4 p.m., before hosting Penn State on Sunday at 1 p.m. Live stats and a webcast featuring Dan Helfrich will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.