Sept. 5, 2010
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer squad moved to 2-0 for the season on Sunday with a huge 4-0 victory over the No. 24 Michigan State Spartans (1-1) at North Kehoe Field. The Hoyas led by a goal at the break and managed three scores in the second half to coast to victory. Georgetown showed its depth with four reserves tallying points in the contest including two freshmen.
"It's a terrific result for us because Michigan State is a really, really good team," said Head Coach Brian Wiese. "We knew we had an opportunity to start the game well and did. The game really opened up for us, but the difference today was quality finishing."
MSU had chances early on, including a scare when Georgetown defender and senior captain Alex Verdi (Ivyland, Pa./Germantown Academy) managed to knock the ball away from the goal to keep it scoreless.
In the 38th minute, the Hoyas struck when sophomore Jimmy Nealis (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) slid the ball into the box to a waiting Uche Onyeador (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) who had a finish to the right corner. It marked Onyeador's second game winner of the weekend.
In the 53rd minute, sophomore Andy Riemer (McLean, Va./Georgetown Prep) gave the Hoyas some breathing room receiving the ball at the top of the box, taking two touches and firing to make the score 2-0.
The defense stayed strong despite a late charge by the Spartans, and as MSU tired it was the Blue & Gray that found ways to hit the back of the net. In the 69th minute, freshman Joey Dillon (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) found classmate Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) waiting on the left side to put the Hoyas up by three.
The final goal of the afternoon came in the 79th minute when Riemer, Neumann and freshman Gabe Padilla (Sacramento, Calif./Jesuit) broke away for a 3v1. The trio each took a touch before Padilla found the back of the net to make the score 4-0.
"It's been a great weekend especially for me, but really it's team effort," said Neumann who had a goal and two assists on the weekend. "I found myself in a good spot and Joey gave a good cross and I found myself pretty wide open. Gabe made a good run on the second goal and I was able to play it."
In the closing minutes, Georgetown keeper Matthew Brutto (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) was forced to come up with some big saves to hold on to the shutout making the final 4-0.
The Spartans outshot the Hoyas 13-9 and both teams were awarded five corner kicks. Brutto tallied five saves in the net, while Herman Trophy Watch List member Avery Steinlage took the loss with one save on the afternoon.
Sunday marked the second win over a ranked opponent in Wiese's career and the second-consecutive year where the Hoyas have defeated a ranked team at home on the Sunday of opening weekend. The win is also the first in program history against a Big Ten squad.
The Blue & Gray will have the week off before traveling to Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday to compete at the TLC Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Lobo Invitational. Georgetown will open the tournament against New Mexico at 9 p.m. ET.