Oct. 1, 2013
WASHINGTON - The No. 11 Georgetown University men's soccer squad (7-2-1) needed late heroics from freshman defender Joshua Yaro (Santa Barbara, Calif./Cate School) to defeat the American University Eagles (3-4-2), 1-0, Tuesday afternoon at Reeves Field. Yaro's late header helped the Hoyas finish nonconference play with a mark of 6-2-1.
"These games are always really hard because their inserted in the BIG EAST schedule, I though AU was really good in the first half and had a really good chance that Tomas (Gomez) made a big save off of," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "As the second half wore on we got a little more comfortable and a little more controlled."
American had the first chance of the game in the 20th minute on a low ball from close range. Junior goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) made the stop to keep it scoreless. Despite the Hoyas holding possession, it continued to be AU that had dangerous chances forcing Gomez off his line.
Late in the half, the Eagles continued to pressure and made it difficult for the Blue & Gray to get it through the midfield. A shot by Joe Iraola in the 42nd minute grazed the crossbar, but the Hoyas handled it and went into the break in a scoreless tie.
Georgetown had three shots early in the second including a header by junior Austin Martz (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechaincsburg) that went high. Freshman forward Alex Muyl (New York, N.Y./Bard) had a pair of shots with 20 minutes remaining. The first resulted in a corner and the second came off the kick as he followed his own touch and headed it left. AU keeper Billy Knutson came up with a big save, but the Blue & Gray gained momentum.
After pressing and pressuring, the Hoyas got on the board in the 85th minute. A brilliant run by sophomore defender Josh Turnley (Beaver, Pa./Beaver Area) resulted in a corner on the left side. Senior forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) took the kick right into the middle of the box finding the head of Yaro who knocked it in for the go-ahead goal and the first goal of his intercollegiate career.
"Late in the game, we had chances but we weren't sure if we would finish it and it was great to see Joshua get the opportunity and score his first goal," said Wiese.
Despite a solid chance by the Eagles, the Hoya defense was able to hold on for the 1-0 victory.
Georgetown outshot American, 13-9, and took four corner kicks to the Eagles' three. Gomez earned the win in the net with two saves, while Knutson tallied seven.
The result at Reeves Field was eerily similar to the last meeting where Neumann knocked in the game winner in the 85th minute.
The Hoyas will continue BIG EAST play on Saturday at Shaw Field as the squad hosts the Seton Hall University Pirates at 1 p.m. Live stats and a webcast featuring Dan Helfrich and Tom Greaser will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.