Sept. 9, 2011
Ian Christianson's (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Christian Life) double overtime goal in the 108th minute helped the Georgetown University men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over the Michigan State University Spartans (1-3-0) on Friday evening in East Lansing, Mich. The Hoyas are now 3-1-0 on the season in the first of a three-game road swing.
The winning goal came in bizarre fashion after an odd game in general. Sophomore Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) hit a ball into the net resulting in a frenzy. However, the mood quickly changed as the goal was called off due to a foul by the Spartans on the Georgetown shot.
"This was the craziest game I have ever been a part of," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "This team is the most resilient group I have ever coached. Again and again they find a way to win."
Christianson stepped up to the free kick and shot it over the wall right into the top of the net to get the sudden victory decision in the 108th minute.
The exciting finish was fitting after the defense was forced to stop two penalty kicks by the Spartans just to stay in the game and with a number of lineup changes in the back four.
"Ian and Joey (Dillon) were brilliant tonight," said Wiese. "With changes to the lineup they really stepped up and found a way to win."
Earlier in regulation, it was the defense that made the difference after the Spartans were awarded two penalty kicks. Freshman goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) made a huge save on the first to keep it tied at one and the second sailed high over the crossbar as the Hoyas dodged a bullet.
The Blue & Gray got on the board in the 26th minute when freshman midfielder Tyler Rudy (Olney, Md./Sherwood) found the back of the net off of a corner kick by Neumann.
The excitement wasn't only from the goals as it squads combined for eight yellow cards including five by the Blue & Gray.
"Both teams showed amazing poise through a tough game," said Wiese. "Credit to both including a very good Michigan State team. The players and coaches are class."
Both squads managed 10 shots in the game and the Hoyas had five corner kicks to the Spartans' three. Gomez notched four saves and keeper Jeremy Clark stopped six. Forty-five fouls were called in the match.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Sunday as the squad takes on the University of Michigan Wolverines at 2 p.m., ET. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
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