Sept. 27, 2009
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer team made it three in a row on Sunday defeating the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights, 2-0, at North Kehoe Field. For the second-consecutive game, the Blue & Gray scored the game-winner early on as the Hoyas posted their seventh shutout of the season and snapped RU's three-game win streak. With the victory, Georgetown improves to 6-2-1 overall and 3-1 in BIG EAST play.
"I was happy with today's performance, we didn't play well on Friday but got a result and today we did and deserved to win against a talented Rutgers team," said Head Coach Brian Wiese. "It's nice getting a goal within the first five minutes because it really sets the tone, but I thought we responded better to scoring today than we did on Friday which was important. Our guys coming in off of the bench today like (Jimmy) Nealis, (Andy) Riemer and other reserves come in and make us better which has been a key to our success."
Georgetown started the scoring early scoring less than five minutes in for the second game in a row. At the 4:12 mark, Seth C'deBaca (Albuquerque, N.M./Sandia Prep) sent the ball downfield to Jose Colchao (Fairfax, Va./Lake Braddock Secondary School) in the box . The forward took two dribbles and looked to the middle for a diving Uche Onyeador (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) who found the back of the net on the header to make it 1-0.
"Uche and Jose have formed a great partnership and it's great that Jose was able to repay Uche with an assist for the goal from Friday," said Wiese. "It's nice seeing two guys working off each other and to get production from two of our forwards."
Rutgers fought back, however, as the game began to get rough. Four yellow cards were given in the opening half including two to one of the Scarlet Knights resulting in a red card in the 34th minute, forcing Rutgers to play a man down the remainder of the game.
The Hoyas dominated the first outshooting Rutgers 12-3 and taking five corner kicks to one. At the break the Blue & Gray went into the locker room holding on to a slim one-goal advantage.
Georgetown continued to have chances in the second, but even playing a man down the Scarlet Knights were able to get some good looks at the goal. Junior Alex Verdi (Ivyland, Pa./Germantown Academy) had a number of huge blocks in the middle of the box on the defensive end and senior Len Coleman (Basking Ridge, N.J./Pingry School) was outstanding in the aerial attack winning almost every header he attempted.
As the minutes ticked away, it seemed the Hoyas would hold on for the victory but freshman Andy Riemer (McLean, Va/Georgetown Prep) wasn't done yet as the Blue & Gray looked for one more goal to solidify the win. In the 90th minute, Riemer got his chance as C'deBaca sent a perfect pass down the right sideline. Riemer managed to turn the defender and got past him for a 1v1 with the keeper. The freshman chipped it to the top of the net to get his second goal of the season making the final 2-0.
"Reimer is a ball of energy, good things seem to happen to him," said Wiese. "He makes his own luck, twice in three games he has found himself 1v1 with the keeper and twice he has had a composed finished. He's a fun player to watch and quickly becoming a crowd favorite. You can tell when someone is enjoying playing the game and he really is."
Georgetown outshot Rutgers 20-6 and took 11 corners to the Scarlet Knights' four. Mark Wilber (Tijeras, N.M./Albuquerque Academy) stayed perfect in goal with his third shutout of the season and two saves to his credit.
At halftime, the Hoyas honor the 1994 men's soccer squad which was the first in program history to advance to an NCAA Tournament. A number of alums came back for the 15-year reunion of one of the best teams in program history.
Georgetown will have the week off before traveling to Connecticut on Saturday for a 7 p.m., matchup against its first divisional rival of the season.