WASHINGTON - The No. 13/17 Georgetown University men's soccer team battled to a 1-1 tie against the University of Wisconsin Badgers (1-2-2) on Sunday afternoon in Madison, Wis. It marked the second-consecutive overtime contest for the Blue & Gray which moved to 5-0-1 on the season. This is the best start in program history, going unbeaten in the first six matches.
"On a weekend with two overtime games, it's a tough result but I feel like the guys are taking this as a loss because we had chances to win the game," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "Wisconsin made it hard putting four in the back and compressing the field, but the guys are frustrated that they didn't get the second goal because it felt like we did enough."
The hero of Friday's win, senior midfielder Andy Riemer (McLean, Va./Georgetown Prep), started things out for the Hoyas hitting the post on GU's first shot on goal of the game.
Twenty minutes into the contest, Georgetown settled down and began to possess the ball as the squad looked to get on the board.
Unfortunately, it was the Badgers that found the back of the net first scoring in the 27th minute. The Hoya defense handled a UW corner kick, but the ball was bouncing in the box as a Badger was able to gain control and Paul Yonga managed to get it past Georgetown keeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) from close range to make it 1-0.
Late in the half, the offense began attacking, putting pressure on the Badger defense. Senior midfielder Ian Christianson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Christian Life) had an opportunity, but the shot was blocked with a sliding tackle with just seconds to go. Georgetown went into the half trailing, 1-0.
The Hoyas didn't waste any time to start the second as the offense immediately began attacking. GU pressured in the box with a multitude of crosses, but couldn't get off the clean shot.
In the 68th minute, a Hoya was fouled just inside the left side of the box resulting in the Hoyas' first penalty kick of the 2012 season. Christianson took the kick which was saved, but the deflection went right back to his foot as he fired a second time and buried into the back of the net for the equalizer.
"Credit to Ian for having the composure to put the second one away, not a lot of players would be able to do that," said Wiese.
For the second game in a row, Riemer had an opportunity for the game winner in the 81st minute, but this time it went wide left as both sides continued to battle.
Freshman forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph's) added another look, but it was saved by UW keeper Chase Rau. This would be the final chance as the squads went into overtime tied at one. It marked GU's second-consecutive overtime game and the third of the season.
Both squads had solid shots in first ten minutes of extra time with the Badgers looking especially dangerous.
The second overtime began with a pair of UW corner kicks which were thwarted by the Hoya defense. Junior forward Gabe Padilla (Sacramento, Calif./Jesuit) and freshman midfielder Keegan Rosenberry (Ronks, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) both had good chances that went high.
One more corner kick was the final opportunity and it was headed away by the Badgers for the 1-1 draw in double overtime.
Georgetown outshot the Badgers, 17-15, but had four corner kicks to UW's five. Gomez and Rau each had four saves to their credit.
"It's a disappointing result, but I'm proud of the boys for once again coming back," said Wiese. "Now we just need to work on not going down early on."
The Blue & Gray will be back in action on Friday evening as the squad travels to Princeton, N.J., to take on the Princeton University Tigers at 7 p.m. It is the first game in an Ivy League weekend as GU will host the University of Pennsylvania Quakers on Sunday at 1 p.m.