Hoyas Down Villanova in BIG EAST Opener
Sept. 24, 2011
Bryn Mawr, Pa. - The Georgetown University men's soccer team opened BIG EAST Conference play with a 2-0 victory over the Villanova University Wildcats (2-4-2, 0-1-0) on Saturday afternoon at Bryn Mawr College. The game's location was changed due to field conditions at Villanova. The Hoyas are now 5-1-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play.
"We started poorly and we were lucky not to get punished for that," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "We had a couple of key guys out and others stepped up for us today. The first half we were not good, but the second half we settled in a little."
Efficiency was the key for the Blue & Gray in the first half being outshot, 12-6, and with just two shots on goal to Nova's five. The squad made those two shots count, scoring on both to make it 2-0 at the break.
In the 23rd minute, freshman Tom Skelly (Albuquerque, N.M./Shattuck St. Mary's) sent the ball into the box from the deep left corner. He found the foot of classmate Tyler Rudy (Olney, Md./Sherwood) who was waiting in the middle of the box to direct the ball in to make it 1-0. It was Rudy's third goal of the year and his first-career game winner.
Eight minutes later, sophomore Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) lofted a ball into the net from 25 yards out with Skelly once again on the assist to give the Blue & Gray some breathing room.
The two assists were the first career points for the freshman Skelly.
"I was asking myself how we were playing so poorly and up 2-0, but it's because we have guys that make plays for us," said Wiese. "If you give Steve Neumann a look anywhere in the half of the field he seems to be hitting corners and this is Tyler Rudy's third goal. He's a defensive freshman and no one told him he isn't supposed to be scoring goals."
Following the two goals, the Hoya defense buckled down for the remainder of the game, while rotating in different players.
The Blue & Gray played a more balanced game in the second half. The team looked dangerous but was unable to find the back of the cage for the third score of the game. At the final horn, GU had the 2-0 victory and its fourth shutout of the season.
Georgetown was outshot, 19-13, and took two corners to Villanova's seven.
Once again, freshman goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) was solid in the net with five saves, all coming in the first half, in the victory. Gomez is now 4-1-1 on the season with all four shutouts to his credit.
"Tomas continues to be terrific," said Wiese. "Coming into this season we knew it was going to be a new era in goalkeeping and we haven't missed a beat with Tomas and Keon (Parsa). This was a game we needed him to be good because Villanova causes problems for people and to shut them out at home is a great accomplishment."
The Hoyas will play at No. 16 Penn State on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Live stats and a webcast through the Big Ten Digital Network will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.