Sept. 16, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - The Georgetown University men's soccer team escaped Philadelphia with a 1-1 tie against the University of Pennsylvania Quakers (2-2-1) in the first game of the Ivy League/BIG EAST Classic on Friday evening at Rhodes Field. The Hoyas took a lead in the second half, but a PK minutes later tied it up as Georgetown battled through two overtimes for the draw. The Hoyas are now 3-1-2 on the season.
"Once overtime came and went you have to be happy with a tie," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "They (Penn) created a lot of chances and I think our past overtime games caught up with us."
In the 74th minute, a red card was assessed to one of the Quakers resulting in the Blue & Gray facing a ten-man lineup. Off of the restart, junior forward Andy Riemer (McLean, Va./Georgetown Prep) took the ball down the right side and found freshman forward Austin Martz (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) near the endline. Martz hit Riemer with the give and go in the box and Riemer managed to slid it into the net at the right post giving the Hoyas the go-ahead goal in the 75th minute.
The lead didn't last long, however, as a handball in the box off of a corner on the other end resulted in a Quaker penalty kick in the 80th to tie it at one.
"Credit to Rudy's (Penn Coach and Georgetown alum Rudy Fuller) team, the Penn guys handled the situation," said Wiese. "To go down a man because of a red card and for us to score right away is tough, but from that point on they ran the game and were the more dangerous team. That's a credit to them."
Penn looked the more dangerous team late in regulation with two shots sailing just wide as the contest went into overtime. It marked the fifth overtime game for the Hoyas in their first six games of the season.
In overtime, Penn had a number of opportunities, but once again the Georgetown defense and sophomore goalkeeper Keon Parsa (West Hills, Calif./El Camino Real) managed to thwart every attack for the 1-1 double overtime draw.
The Quakers had a few chances early in the game, attacking the Hoya defense at speed. Parsa managed three saves in the first half as the Georgetown defense stood strong.
Late in the first, the Hoya offense began to take advantage of the Quaker defense with three solid shots by sophomore forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North), all sailing just wide or high, and a shot on goal from senior forward Uche Onyeador (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) that was saved.
The Blue & Gray was outshot, 25-12, and Penn had eight corner kicks to Georgetown's one. Parsa tallied 13 saves in the first game of his career on the Hilltop. The teams combined for 37 fouls and seven cards.
"This was another game where the referee had a big impact in the game, it seems to be the theme of our season so far," said Wiese.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Sunday at North Kehoe Field to complete the second game of the Ivy League/BIG EAST Classic taking on the Princeton University Tigers. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m., and live stats as well as a webcast featuring Dan Helfrich will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
"Our guys are fit and we have good depth, but it is a quick turnaround for Sunday," said Wiese. "We have to have good depth especially in this time of the season with these games. We've been using a lot of guys and as they get more experience, we get better and better."
Sunday is also Junior Hoya Day as Kids Club members are invited to the game for games, prizes and fun.