Sept. 14, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 12/18 Georgetown University men's soccer team stayed unbeaten this season with a 1-0 victory over the Princeton University Tigers (1-3-0) Friday evening at Roberts Stadium. The game was the first of the BIG EAST/Ivy League Classic. Georgetown improves to 6-0-1 on the season with its best start in program history.
"Credit to Princeton because they came out in the second half and really tried to get the equalizer, but I thought we managed it well," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "It's a win on the road so I'd never take that for granted and I'm happy with the boys for continuing to find a way to win on the road."
After trailing early in the past two contests, the Hoyas turned the trend around scoring in the 14th minute. A Tiger foul resulted in a free kick as junior forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) sent the ball in. He found freshman forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph's) on the right side who took and shot that hit the crossbar and came back to him as he headed it right back in to make it 1-0.
The Blue & Gray continued to fire, pressuring the Princeton defense as the Hoyas controlled the pace of play for the first half.
"We played really well in the first half and I think Stevie (Neumann) had one of his better games," said Wiese. "We played so well that in the run of the game we probably should have and needed to be up more going into the half."
Last in the first, Georgetown junior goalkeeper Keon Parsa (West Hills, Calif./El Camino Real) came up with two key saves to keep the Tigers scoreless in the half and make it 1-0 at the break.
The Hoyas opened the second half with a pair of corner kicks, but it was the Tigers that had opportunities as Parsa was forced to make two more saves.
A Princeton red card in the 73rd minute was given to the bench as both teams battled. The Tiger offense came on late getting some shots off and forcing Parsa to be the hero.
"Keon made some great saves to keep us in it," said Wiese. "He must like these Ivy guys, because he had a great game against Penn last year and this year he comes away with the clean sheet against Princeton."
Despite a valiant effort, the Hoya defense stayed strong and held on for the 1-0 victory.
Both teams managed 17 shots apiece with the Hoyas posted seven on goal and Tigers with five. Georgetown held a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks and Parsa had five saves for win as Seth MacMillan took the loss in the net for Princeton with six saves to his credit.
Allen now has four game winners on the season to lead the team.
The Blue & Gray will be back in action in the second half of the BIG EAST/Ivy League Classic on Sunday at North Kehoe Field as the Hoyas host Georgetown-alum Rudy Fuller and his University of Pennsylvania Quakers at 1 p.m. Live stats and a webcast featuring Dan Helfrich will be available at www.GUHoyas.com. Georgetown will be wearing gold shoelaces and accepting donations at the gate for Lace-Up 4 Pediatric Cancer.