Sept. 28, 2013
WASHINGTON - The No. 12 Georgetown University men's soccer squad (6-2-1, 0-0-1 BIG EAST) began BIG EAST Conference play with a 0-0 draw with the No. 3 Creighton University Bluejays (5-1-2, 1-0-1 BIG EAST) on Saturday at Shaw Field. Both teams had chances, but neither could find the back of the net in the double-overtime contests. The Hoyas are now 6-2-1 overall and begin league play with a mark of 0-0-1.
"Creighton's really good, they can run games for stretches and pose good challenges, so although we wanted three, a point isn't a bad result," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "If you look ahead, our conference road games are hard venues to play at. Our league will most likely be decided by who can go into someone else's place and get three points so we have to take care of business at home and try a steal a few on the road."
The Bluejays had a few looks early, but neither team could get into a rhythm early in the first. Midway through the first, Georgetown goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) was forced to make a pair of saves but neither squad looked particularly dangerous.
In the 39th minute, the Hoya coaching staff subbed in freshman forward Brett Campbell (Wallingford, Pa./The Haverford School), who brought some life to the offense along with tenacious play by junior midfielder Tom Skelly (Albuquerque, N.M./Shattuck-St. Mary's). Campbell immediately made runs and a one-two with Skelly and senior forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) resulted in a ball crossing the net for a charging Campbell. The freshman was there, but couldn't poke it in to keep the game scoreless going into the break.
Georgetown controlled the pace for much of the second half. Despite holding the ball, the Blue & Gray couldn't find the go-ahead goal. The best chance of the game came in the 57th minute. A ball was sent into the box as the Hoyas were moving forward. Sophomore forward Brandon Allen headed the ball into the net for what looked like a goal, but Creighton keeper Connor Sparrow made an impressive save to keep it even.
As time ticked away in regulation and in the overtimes, the Hoya defense continued to be tested, but stood strong. On the offensive end, the Blue & Gray had some dangerous free kicks but couldn't connect as the game was called a scoreless draw after 110 minutes of action.
"There is very little in a game like this," said Wiese. "You look at the overtime and you're wondering if someone will make a play. Everyone was getting tired so there was more space and you can see it at both ends."
The Bluejays outshot the Hoyas, 20-12, and took five corner kicks to Georgetown's four. Gomez has six saves in the net, while Sparrow made two for Creighton.
Georgetown will finish nonconference play on Tuesday afternoon at American University at 3 p.m. Live stats will be available and the game will be streamed live through the Eagles' athletic website.