Oct. 1, 2011
WASHINGTON - The No. 17 Georgetown University men's soccer team posted its sixth shutout of the season with a 2-0 victory over the DePaul University Blue Demons (3-6-1, 1-1-0 BIG EAST) on Saturday afternoon at North Kehoe Field. The Hoyas tallied an early goal and added a security score in 90th minute to improve to 6-1-3 overall and 2-0-0 in the BIG EAST Conference.
"It was a great result for us, it's nice to get three points in the BIG EAST although I wish we had done it with a little more panache," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "The conditions made it difficult for both teams and credit to DePaul because they put a lot of pressure on us in the second half."
The first goal of the contest came in the ninth minute and it would stand as the game winner. Sophomore forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) dummied at the top of the box and slid it to junior captain Ian Christianson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Christian Life) who fired from 22 yards over keeper Eric Sorbey's head to make it 1-0.
The Blue & Gray controlled the pace for the remainder of the first half going into the break with five shots, two saves and three corners to Georgetown's credit.
It was DePaul that looked dangerous as the second half began and the rain finally ceased. The Blue Demons played much of the half on offense, testing Georgetown's freshman goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves).
To his credit, Gomez looked sharp in the net managing five saves in the second half, including a few that forced him off of his line or from close range.
"That's four shutouts in a row for Tomas at home and on the road and each game was like today where he saw some pressure," said Wiese. "There was a 15 minute stretch where he was under pressure, but he has inspired so much confidence in his teammates that we knew we wouldn't lose the goal. He's come up with terrific saves to really earn his shutouts."
Additionally, the Blue Demons took seven corners in the second half to continue the attack as the Hoya defense worked for the clean sheet.
In the final seconds of regulation, Georgetown had one more look at the goal and put together a perfect combination. Neumann crossed the ball to junior forward Andy Riemer (McLean, Va./Georgetown Prep) who tapped it to freshman Tom Skelly (Albuquerque, N.M./Shattuck St. Mary's) charging. Skelly shot and hit the bottom of the crossbar, but the ball ricocheted back to his foot where he fired again, this time finding the back of the net to make the final 2-0.
It marked Skelly's first-career goal.
"We had enough chances today for the second goal but we didn't execute until the last minute. We finally showed composure in front of the net and put the game away."
Georgetown was outshot by DePaul, 16-11, and had six corners to the Blue Demon's eight. Gomez picked up the win in the net with seven saves as Sorbey tallied two.
Georgetown has six shutouts and has not lost in its last nine games.
The Hoyas will close out their nonconference schedule on Tuesday with a night game on Multi-Sport Field against the American University Eagles. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Live stats and a webcast featuring Dan Helfrich will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
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