Sept. 2, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 21/21 Georgetown University men's soccer team was once again victorious as the squad defeated the Penn State University Nittany Lions (3-1), 2-1, on Sunday at North Kehoe Field. The decision handed PSU its first loss of the season and improved the Blue & Gray to 4-0 which is its best start since 2008 when Georgetown opened the season 5-0.
The game winner came from freshman forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph) who tallied his third-consecutive game-winning goal.
"The way the calendar falls, we've played three games this week and Brandon (Allen) has won all three games with the game winner," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "For a young guy to come out and do that is pretty special and all of his goals were great goals. The nice thing is that Brandon's getting goals, Stevie (Neumann) is going to get his goals, we have to make sure we have multiple weapons up there since that is the nature of the game."
Georgetown had the first good looks of the game as Allen and sophomore midfielder Tyler Rudy (Olney, Md./Sherwood) had open shots at how net.
After junior forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) broke open the defense, the Hoyas continued to pressure and in the 24th minute, the pressure was too much as senior defender Jimmy Nealis (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) dribbled past two defenders and fired off of the right post. The hard rebound went off a Penn State defender and into the net for the own goal making it 1-0.
With 15 minutes remaining in the half, Allen struck with back-to-back shots forcing the PSU defense on its heels.
As time wound down in the first half, the Hoyas deftly took the ball down the pitch and had three dynamic chances, but all three were blocked. The teams went into the break with Georgetown leading, 1-0.
In the 53rd minute, things got wild for less than a minute. The Nittany Lions got on the board on a counter that went to Marvin Ledgister on the right side who sent it right back into the top left corner for the equalizer at 1-1.
Just 52 seconds later off of the ensuing kickoff, the ball was sent to Allen from Nealis who was 1v1 on the left side in the box. The forward beat his defender and fired on the ground to the right post where it ricocheted in to once again put the Hoyas ahead, 2-1.
As both teams battled, neither could generate the firepower of that one minute resulting in the 2-1 final.
The Blue & Gray outshot PSU, 20-8, and took eight corner kicks to Penn State's three. Sophomore goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) took the win in the net with three saves, while Emmanuel Martin had the loss with three saves to his credit.
Georgetown will be back in action next weekend with a pair of nonconference games in the Midwest. The Hoyas will play the University of Illinois- Chicago on Friday at 8 p.m. ET and the University of Wisconsin- Madison on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET. Links to online stats and media will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.