WASHINGTON - The No. 9 Georgetown University men's soccer squad (0-0-1) opened the 2014 season with a 1-1 double overtime draw against the Indiana University Hoosiers (0-0-1) at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic in Bloomington, Ind., Friday evening. The tournament will conclude with a matchup against No. 1 Notre Dame on Sunday in a neutral-site contest.
"It's hard to go into an environment like that and play your game," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "It was a big crowd that got into it and the field was a little choppy. I didn't think the first half was great from our end, but we had a really good start to the second."
The Hoosiers got on the board in the 26th minute when senior goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) stopped a shot but the save ricocheted back into the mix. Sophomore defender Joshua Yaro (Santa Barbara, Calif./Cate School) cleared it off the line with an acrobatic play, but his clear went to the foot of Femi Hollinger-Janzen, who fired it back once more to make it 1-0.
The Hoyas gained possession, but couldn't get a good shot off. IU countered on the other end and a giveaway gave the Hoosiers another good chance that went high.
Georgetown went into the break trailing by one goal after few chances in the first and the crowd of nearly 5,000 getting louder.
As the second half opened, the Blue & Gray possessed the ball and began to look dangerous in the attacking third.
The persistence paid off as Georgetown found the equalizer in the 58th minute. Sophomore forward Alex Muyl (New York, N.Y./Bard) passed it to junior forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph) at the top middle of the box. Allen spun to his left and sent it into the low left corner to tie it at one.
Less than a minute after the goal, the Hoyas had another chance as Muyl got free on the left side and shot it to the far post where it ricocheted out.
"Alex (Muyl) was terrific all night finding dangerous situations, and I thought Brandon's goal was one of the best he's scored at Georgetown," said Wiese.
In the final five minutes of regulation, it was a battle to see which team could get off a quality look and IU managed a good shot from outside the box that was saved by Gomez resulting in a corner. The Hoosiers used long throw-ins to try to get a shot off, but the defense stood strong, forcing overtime.
Chances came early for the Blue & Gray as overtime began, but it was Indiana that controlled the pace at the end with a number of free kicks and looks at the goal.
The second overtime period was much of the same as GU was on offense early but eventually stayed strong on the defensive end to keep it knotted at one.
The Hoyas outshot IU, 14-9, and took 10 corner kicks to the Hoosier's two. Gomez tallied three saves in the net, while Colin Webb managed four for Indiana.
"We can learn a lot from playing in an environment like this and figuring out how to handle it," said Wiese. "The hard thing is going to be to turn around and play Notre Dame on Sunday with tired legs, in front of a small crowd, in the middle of the day. That's now the challenge for us to prepare for."
Sunday's contest against Notre Dame will begin at 11:30 a.m. ET. Live stats will be available through www.GUHoyas.com.
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