Sept. 18, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer team shut out the Princeton University Tigers (1-3-1), 3-0, on Sunday in the second game of the Ivy League/BIG EAST Classic at North Kehoe Field. A pair of penalty kicks from junior Ian Christianson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Christian Life) gave the Blue & Gray a pair of goals and freshman Tyler Rudy (Olney, Md./Sherwood) added a score as Georgetown improved to 4-1-2 on the season.
"If you look at the run of the game, I think the score line flattered us," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "It didn't feel like a 3-0 game, but we did what we needed to do to win and that was good to get the result. Princeton is a good side and they'll be competing for the Ivy League title again."
Both squads started a little sluggish after playing in overtime games on Friday, but the Hoyas soon found the back of the net in the 26th minute off of a penalty kick from Christianson.
Off of a corner kick, senior defender Ben Slingerland (Beverly, Mass./St. John's Prep) headed the ball to the middle of the box to sophomore midfielder Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) who hit a bicycle kick toward the net. On the shot, there was a Tiger handball resulting in the PK which Christianson converted for the 1-0 lead.
Despite advances from the Tigers, Georgetown made it 2-0 in the 70th minute. The Hoyas had a three on three going downfield and Christianson passed to Neumann at the top of the box to slide the ball to Rudy on the right side at the 18. Rudy angled a perfect ball to the left post which ricocheted in to make it 2-0.
The final goal of the game for the Blue & Gray came in the 77th minute on a tough challenge by keeper Max Gallin on sophomore Gabe Padilla (Sacramento, Calif./Jesuit). The challenge on a breakaway resulted in the second penalty kick of the afternoon for Christianson making the final 3-0.
Princeton outshot Georgetown, 14-11, and had five corners to the Hoyas' three. In the net, freshman goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) had six saves and picked up the win along with his third shutout of the season.
Working with a different lineup, the Hoyas managed to get a number of players minutes.
"It's not easy for me to pick the starting lineup for games, there are a lot of guys competing for minutes. Tom Skelly was good, hopefully finding his stride today and Nick Van Hollen came on and was terrific, he didn't look a step out of place. Tomas was critical again today in goal for us, he made some great saves in critical moments in the game for us."
The Blue & Gray will be back in action on Saturday for the start of BIG EAST play. Georgetown will be at Villanova University for a 1 p.m., kickoff. Live stats and a pay-per-view webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.