Aug. 31, 2014
WASHINGTON - The No. 9 Georgetown University men's soccer squad (0-0-2) played to a scoreless double overtime draw against the No. 1 University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-0-1) at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic in Bloomington, Ind., Sunday afternoon. The Hoyas will host Harvard University on Friday in their home opener at Shaw Field.
"This was exactly what this weekend was designed to be, a test," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "We very easily could have come out of it 2-0 and very easily come out of it 0-2 so I'm proud of the result and hoping we can learn from it."
The first half was quiet for both squads with neither gaining much of an advantage. The lone shot on goal was saved by GU's senior goalkeeper Tomas Gomez.
Notre Dame opened the second half with some good shots, but Gomez stopped them.
The best chance of the half came from the Hoyas as sophomore forward Alex Muyl (New York, N.Y./Bard) forced a turnover and took it to the endline. He sent it back to a charging Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph's) who had a close look at the net, but UND goalkeeper Patrick Wall made the save.
"Brandon's shot was the chance of the match," said Wiese. "Nine out of 10 times he buries that, but that's the type of game it was today."
The first overtime was highlighted by three good Hoya chances including a pair of headers from sophomore forward Brett Campbell (Wallingford, Pa./The Haverford School).
The second saw the Irish have opportunities late, but the defense stood strong to block each shot resulting in the 0-0 result.
The Hoyas were outshot, 23-9, and took eight corner kicks to the Irish's nine. Gomez tallied seven saves in the net, while Wall managed three for Notre Dame.
It marked the first time in program history that the Blue & Gray has opened the season with back-to-back ties. Additionally, it is just the second time in the Wiese era that the squads have tied.
"This was just two very good teams trying to crack something open on one another," said Wiese. "I think the stats were a little deceiving because the chances were very situational. Credit to Notre Dame, they were incredibly organized and show why they deserve that No. 1 ranking."
Muyl and sophomore defender Joshua Yaro (Santa Barbara, Calif./Cate School) were both named to the all-tournament team for their efforts over two games.
The home opener is scheduled for 4 p.m., on Friday against Harvard University. Live stats and webcast featuring Dan Helfrich and Tom Greaser will be available through www.GUHoyas.com.