Sep 1, 2013
WASHINGTON - The No. 3 Georgetown University men's soccer team came back from a tough season opener to finish its West Coast tour with a victory Sunday evening downing the Stanford University Cardinal (1-0-1), 2-0, in Palo Alto, Calif. Senior forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) scored two goals as the Hoyas tallied their first win of the 2013 campaign to move to 1-1 overall.
"This type of game was the best thing that could have happened to us, watching them against Maryland we knew it would be a tough, physical game," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "Our guys knew they had to be tough, resilient and play together and everyone from the bench to the starting lineup was committed to finding a way to get a result on the road against a very talented Stanford team."
It was Stanford that controlled possession early as the Hoya backline was on its heels to keep it scoreless. Midway through the first, a ball got by Georgetown keeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves), but it was saved off the line by freshman defender Joshua Yaro (Santa Barbara, Calif./Cate School).
In the 43rd minute, the Blue & Gray got its chance as a thru ball went right to the feet of freshman forward Alex Muyl (New York, N.Y./Bard) who was tripped up in the box on the breakaway. This resulted in a red card giving the Hoyas the penalty kick attempt as well as a man-up opportunity for the duration of the contest.
Neumann stepped up and connected on the PK to make it 1-0 at the break.
The second half saw both teams have chances. Georgetown hit the post twice including a blast from sophomore forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph) as well as a scissor kick from sophomore defender Keegan Rosenberry (Ronks, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite), but couldn't find the back of the net.
The Cardinal kept three in back and continued to push forward looking for the tying goal, but Gomez managed his line and came up with a number of big stops to secure the clean sheet. Additionally, Yaro made some late plays to keep possession in just his second collegiate game.
"Yaro is going to be a special player and now it's a matter of him getting comfortable and understanding his role on the team," said Wiese. "He's a student of the game and has been diligent about watching film with Coach Samol to learn how to handle situations. Also, I thought Tomas (Gomez) looked great this entire trip. He did things we need from a veteran goalkeeper."
In the 88th minute, a long ball came to Allen who spun around his defender for the breakaway. He made a move on keeper Drew Hutchins and shot, but Hutchins managed the kick save. The deflection went right to Neumann trailing down the right side who put it away for his second of the day.
The insurance goal was all the Hoyas needed as they went on to win, 2-0.
The Blue & Gray outshot the Cardinal, 13-8, and took three corner kicks while Stanford was awarded four. It was a physical game with six total cards being assessed in the contest, with just two on the Hoyas.
In goal, both keepers managed four saves and Gomez took the win.
Georgetown will host West Virginia on Friday in its home opener at Shaw Field. It begins a four-game homestand for the Blue & Gray. Live stats as well as a new and improved broadcast featuring Dan Helfrich and Tom Greaser will be available at www.GUHoyas.com. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.