Sept. 4, 2011
WASHINGTON - Extra time was exactly what the Georgetown University men's soccer team needed to pull out the 1-0 double overtime victory over the Stanford University Cardinal (0-2-0) on Sunday at North Kehoe Field. Sophomore forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) stayed hot for Georgetown tallying a goal in the 105th minute to improve the Blue & Gray to 2-1-0 on the season.
"You get some momentum from this win for sure and we have to capitalize on that," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "With this team, you find that they find ways to get the goal they need and hang on. So far it hasn't been the prettiest soccer, but we have a lot of guys that know how to win."
The Hoyas looked energized in the extra periods despite the heat and fatigue from playing two games on the weekend.
"The first half was a little boring for both teams. We shot three times, they shot one. It was hot, a little humid and the second game on the weekend. To our guys' credit, they had the initiative to try and do something. We looked better in the second half and had chances. Our guys were feeding off of Stanford's fatigue."
After a few solid chances and controlling the flow of overtime, Georgetown finally found the back of the net in the 105th minute. Junior defender Jimmy Nealis (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) served the ball in from the left side and it was a scramble in front of the goal between the Cardinal defenders, sophomore forward Gabe Padilla (Sacramento, Calif./Jesuit) and junior forward Andy Riemer (McLean, Va./Georgetown Prep).
Both Hoyas knocked it around before the ball went to Neumann's feet where he fired it in for the 1-0 sudden victory.
"We were getting forward at the end of the overtime and Jimmy (Nealis) ended up getting in on the left and he served one in," said Neumann. "Gabe did well to fight for it and I just knocked it in. It was more lucky than good, but sometimes that's better."
Both the Hoyas and Cardinal had been quiet in the first half with neither team able to show any firepower. In the second half, the Hoyas started to look dangerous with a number of chances off of set pieces and outshooting Stanford 9-3.
On the defensive end of the field, freshman goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) continued to look sharp coming up with two key saves on the afternoon. Additionally, the defense posted its second-consecutive shutout still not allowing any goals in regulation for the season.
Georgetown finished the game with 15 shots to Stanford's four and 11 corner kicks while the Cardinal were awarded two.
Neumann has now scored all three of Georgetown's goals so far this season.
The Blue & Gray will have the week off before a challenging weekend against Big 10 rivals in Michigan. Georgetown will face Michigan State University on Friday at 5 p.m., ET and the then the University of Michigan on Sunday at 2 p.m., ET. Live stats will be available for both contests on www.GUHoyas.com.