Sept. 15, 2013
WASHINGTON - The No. 17 Georgetown University men's soccer team needed all 95 minutes in a 1-0 overtime victory over the James Madison University Dukes (3-2) on Sunday at Shaw Field. The Hoyas dominated the run of play, but needed overtime to get the win and improve to 4-2 overall.
"We did a lot of really good things today, beyond that last combination, our finishing looked a little askew so that's something we need to work on," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "JMU didn't make it easy and I thought the guys kept a really good level of concentration to get the result."
The Hoyas controlled play in the first half but couldn't find the back of the net. Early in the half, a combination of senior forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) and sophomore forward Branson Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph's) found a streaking Austin Martz (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) down the right sideline. Martz wasn't able to hit it on target but it was the first of many quality chances.
Midway through, Neumann turned at the top left side if the box and fired it just left. This would continue to be the story as Neumann and Allen both looked dangerous, but the teams went into the break scoreless.
Junior goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) was barely tested in the first as JMU registered no shots on goal.
The Blue & Gray continued to dominate in the second. Freshman midfielder Alex Muyl (New York, N.Y./Bard) had a great chance in the 50th minute with three shots from the ground. Two were saved by Kyle Morton and the last went high. The freshman followed that up with one more solid chance as the Hoya offense was active but still without a goal.
With 16 minutes remaining in regulation, Gomez was tested on a close Duke shot. Three minutes later, JMU generated an attack with three shots ending with Callum Hill hitting a long ball just over the crossbar.
The Blue & Gray settled the tempo but still couldn't make it happen sending the game into overtime.
It was all Georgetown in the extra period as the Hoyas immediately attacked. In the 95th minute, the coaching staff subbed junior defender Jared Rist (Durham, N.C./Riverside) in the backline and he took the throw in. The sub proved to be the necessary spark as Rist found Allen in the top left corner of the box. Allen turned to his left and evaded two defenders before firing low into the right corner of the net giving the Hoyas the golden goal.
"Brandon kept his head in it all game, and he did very well to kind of create the winning goal," said Wiese.
GU outshot JMU, 20-7, and took 15 corner kicks to the Dukes' two. The Hoya defense was impressive with its fourth shutout on the season. Gomez was awarded the win with one save, while Morton had three saves in the contest.
"Our team is really playing team defense, and Tomas (Gomez) is really strong in goal," said Wiese. "Our back four was once again immense today, and Joey (Dillon) was too."
The Hoyas went 2-0 against Dukes this weekend defeating Duquesne on Friday. Duquesne and James Madison are the only two institutions in Division I with the nickname Dukes.
Georgetown will travel to the University of Pennsylvania on Thursday for the first in a pair of Ivy League matchups. Live stats as well as a webcast will be available through the Quakers' athletic website. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.