Sept. 29, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 5/11 Georgetown University men's soccer team improved to 2-0 in BIG EAST Conference play with a 3-1 victory over the University of Pittsburgh Panthers on Saturday evening in Pennsylvania. A pair of goals from freshman forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph's) as well as a goal and two assists by junior forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) improved the Blue & Gray to 10-0-1 overall.
"I think tonight was an uneven performance and Pitt has talented, confident guys that made it hard for us," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "In the end, we had enough quality players on the field to make the plays we needed to get three points on the road, which is something we'll never be upset about."
The Hoyas controlled the pace throughout the first half not allowing any Pitt shots on goal or corner kicks. A number of players had good looks at the net as the Blue & Gray fired at will.
In the 21st minute, Georgetown scored the first goal of the game as Neumann found Allen on a breakaway. Allen went right to left and hit the back of the net to make it 1-0 which would stand through half.
The Panthers came out firing in the second half, taking the first five shots and forcing Georgetown goalkeeper Keon Parsa (West Hills, Calif./El Camino Real) to make his first stop of the match. It began to get physical as the referee assessed a pair of Pitt yellow cards just one minute apart.
The Hoya defense stopped every Pitt advance and once again the offense began to take over.
In the 67th minute, a Neumann corner kick resulted in a barrage of Georgetown shots. Allen's first shot was blocked and Neumann managed two in a row that were both saved by Pitt keeper Lee Johnston. A Georgetown foul gave the Panthers the ball, but the Hoyas took it back and Allen forced another save.
Neumann steadied the play and found Allen once again to give the Hoyas some breathing room and make the score 2-0.
The two-goal lead was short lived, however, as John Cordier scored off of a Ryan Myers corner kick in the 73rd to pull within one.
Neumann ended his nine-game scoring drought finally finding the back of the net in the 82nd minute off of a pass from junior Gabe Padilla (Sacramento, Calif./Jesuit). Neumann went high from ten yards out to score his second goal of the season and make it 3-1 which would stand as the final.
"It was great to see Stevie (Neumann) get the goal because he was due for it," said Wiese. "Gabe (Padilla) has also been playing really well and doing what we expect out of the veterans."
The Hoyas outshot the Panthers, 21-11, with 14 shots on goal. Georgetown also took nine corner kicks to Pitt's two. Parsa managed five saves in the net for the win, while Johnston posted 11 saves on the evening.
The Blue & Gray will be back in action on Wednesday as the team continues BIG EAST Conference play with No. 2/2 Connecticut. The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., at North Kehoe Field. Live stats and a webcast featuring Dan Helfrich will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.