Sept. 16, 2012
WASHINGTON - Senior midfielder Andy Riemer (McLean, Va./Georgetown Prep) played the hero once again as the No. 12/18 Georgetown University men's soccer team defeated the University of Pennsylvania Quakers (0-6-0), 3-1, Sunday afternoon at North Kehoe Field. Riemer scored his first-career hat trick to improve the Blue & Gray to 7-0-1 on the season.
"These are hard weekends, you can see the legs getting tired because we've been playing Friday/Sunday, we've been traveling and we have guys playing 90 minutes, sometimes more," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "This was a great result for us because we got a lot of guys in who stepped up and played. For where we are, we're really happy. Now we just need to recharge our legs a little."
The Hoyas controlled the pace of the first half and had possession for much of the time, but couldn't find the back of the net until the 36th minute.
Junior defender Joey Dillon (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) played a perfect ball from the backfield and found junior forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) who took one touch to cross it at the 18 to Riemer at the top of the six-yard box who fired for the first goal of the game.
Unfortunately, the lead didn't last long as Penn's Duke Lacroix shot from 30 yards out just three minutes later into the upper right corner for the equalizer.
The teams went into the break tied at one.
The Quakers began to look dangerous in the second half as the Hoyas played quick restarts to avoid allowing the Penn offense to counter.
In the 76th minute, the Blue & Gray scored the game winner thanks to another Riemer tally. Neumann played a ball from the 18 perfectly to sophomore midfielder Austin Martz (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) who took one touch to cross it into the box. Riemer came sliding in and managed to get a foot on it to direct it past the keeper to make it 2-1.
The senior midfielder would add his third of the game in the 85th minute as sophomore midfielder Tyler Rudy (Olney, Md./Sherwood) hit a long ball from the midfield to Riemer who got past the defense and finished to the top left corner of the net.
The 3-1 score would stand as the final as the Hoyas held on to continue its best start in program history.
Georgetown held a 21-13 advantage in shots including 11 on goal to Penn's four. The Hoyas also had 10 corner kicks to the Quakers' one, but didn't take advantage using the quick restart. Sophomore goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) took the win in the net with three saves, while Max Kurtzman was given the loss with eight saves on the afternoon.
The game was a homecoming for Penn Head Coach Rudy Fuller who is a Georgetown men's soccer alum.
It was the first time in the history of the BIG EAST/Ivy League Classic that the Hoyas have gone 2-0 after defeating Princeton on Friday evening in New Jersey.
The Blue & Gray will be back in action next weekend as the team begins BIG EAST Conference play with Rutgers. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., at North Kehoe Field. Live stats and a webcast featuring Dan Helfrich will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.