Sept. 25, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 5/11 Georgetown University men's soccer squad continued its impressive start to the season, snapping a 15-game home unbeaten streak on Tuesday downing the James Madison University Dukes (3-4-1), 1-0, at University Park in Harrisonburg, Va. The Hoyas used a second-half goal and solid defense to improve to 9-0-1 overall.
"JMU is a hard team to play against, there's a reason they had a 15-game home streak," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "I'm happy we found a way to win a tough environment, but obviously I'd like a few more multi-goal games so we aren't always in these one-goal situations."
The first half was quiet as neither squad managed many chances in the defensive battle. Late in the half, the Hoyas had opportunities on a pair of corner kicks from junior midfielder Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North), but couldn't connect.
The teams went into the break scoreless with only three total shots on goal between them.
Both squads came out firing in the second half as Georgetown had an early shot blocked and GU keeper Keon Parsa (West Hills, Calif./El Camino Real) was forced to make his first save of the game.
In the 62nd minute, the Hoyas got on the board to take the lead. Sophomore midfielder Tom Skelly (Albuquerque, N.M./Shattuck-St. Mary's) shot from 10 yards out into the right corner of the net after taking the long pass from freshman forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph's). It was Allen's second assist of the season, where he leads the team in scoring, as well as Skelly's first goal of the year.
The Blue & Gray kept pressuring for the next 15 minutes, still controlling the pace of the game.
The Dukes didn't lie down, however, as the team continued to shoot and pressure the Hoya defense, forcing Parsa to make saves. They battled down to the final minute, but Georgetown was able to hold on and get the 1-0 victory marking its third-consecutive victory.
The Hoyas were outshot, 16-10, and had four shots on goal while JMU managed five. Both teams took five corner kicks on the night. Parsa was awarded the win in goal with five saves, while Colin Newcity took the loss with three saves in the contest.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Hoyas continued to climb in the national polls moving to No. 5 in the NSCAA poll marking the highest a team has been in program history.
"We've talked about the rankings and the boys have it in perspective," said Wiese. "Being ranked just makes it harder to win because everyone wants to knock you off. It's a challenge our boys are ready for because of our seniors. They knew how good we were during the preseason, and at this point, they are just taking everyone along for the ride, including the coaches. It's a great credit to their leadership."
The Hoyas will continue their road trip with a conference matchup at the University of Pittsburgh on Saturday at 7 p.m. Live stats and a webcast will be available through the Pitt athletic website.