Sept. 3, 2010
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer team (1-0) opened the season in exciting fashion Friday afternoon at North Kehoe Field defeating the Northeastern University Huskies (0-1) 2-1 in double overtime. Junior Uche Onyeador's (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) scored the game-winning goal in the 108th minute to give GU the season-opening victory in front of the raucous home crowd.
"Obviously we're really happy to get the win," said Head Coach Brian Wiese. "The way that game went, we looked dangerous at times. We got that first goal and you'd hope that we could hold on, but at least we came back on a really hot day."
The Hoyas looked to be in control early when senior Chandler Diggs (Coppell, Texas/Coppell) had a breakaway and sophomore Ian Christianson's (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Christian Life) shot was saved. Despite some good looks the squads went into half scoreless.
Georgetown opened the second half hungry for a goal. In the 66th minute, freshman Joey Dillon (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) passed it to Christianson who flicked it to senior Jose Colchao (Fairfax, Va./Lake Braddock Secondary School) in the box. Colchao fired and found the back of the net to put the Hoyas ahead 1-0.
The defense was standing strong, but the heat was taking its toll on both teams as the minutes wound down. In the 84th minute, the Huskies scored the equalizer when Michael Kennedy took a touch at the top of the box sliding it through the defense to a waiting Ricardo McDonald to tie it.
After a scoreless first overtime period, it looked as though the game would end in a draw. However, Wiese continued to sub liberally running players on and off the field. Onyeador came in for Colchao in the 105th minute and searched for his opportunity. In the 108th minute, freshman Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) sent a ball down the left side to a streaking Onyeador. The junior forward took a touch and fired for the far post. The ball ricocheted off the post and into the goal as the crowd erupted and the new student section flooded the field.
"I was glad I had my chance, it was a great pass by Steve and I took my opportunity," said Onyeador. "We were very tired after a long game, but I knew once I got on I just wanted to do what I could."
The Huskies outshot the Hoyas 16-14 and both squads were awarded eight corner kicks apiece. Senior Matthew Brutto (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) took the win in the net with seven saves while Oliver Blum had six saves for Northeastern.
A new addition to North Kehoe Field was a boost for the players as the student section was moved behind the east goal to create a better atmosphere. More than 400 Georgetown students filled the stands supporting the Hoyas.
"It was an exciting game," said Brutto. "The Hoya Blue guys, everyone did a great job of and supporting us. A huge crowd, a lot of energy made it great to get a W and a great way to start the season."
Georgetown will have little rest as the Hoyas welcome No. 24 Michigan State to North Kehoe Field on Sunday at 1 p.m. Live stats and a webcast featuring Dan Helfrich will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.