Oct. 4, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer team continued its success under the lights of Multi-Sport Field on Tuesday evening as the No. 13 Hoyas defeated the American University Eagles (4-6-1) by a score of 2-1. It marked just the second home night game for the Blue & Gray in program history after picking up a victory against Adelphi last season. Georgetown is now 7-1-3 on the season as the squad closes out nonconference play.
"The game against American is always a darby, it's a funny game because we're both in the middle of league play and no one wants injuries and you always have one eye on the Saturday matchup," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "But we're so close to each other that there is a natural rivalry and there's always going to be a bit of an edge to the game."
Georgetown netted both goals in the first half as redshirt senior Ben Slingerland (Beverly, Mass./St. John's Prep) tallied his first goal of the season on a header in the 17th minute. Sophomore Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) served in a perfectly placed ball off of a corner kick and Slingerland managed to get his head on it to make it 1-0.
Unfortunately, the Eagles quickly countered finding the back of the net just 30 seconds later for the equalizer.
Neumann gave the Hoyas the game winner just before halftime on a free kick from the left side just outside of the box. The midfielder slid the ball right past the wall and to the far post where it ricocheted back in to give the Blue & Gray a 2-1 lead at the break which would stand for the remainder of the contest.
"It would have been nice to have gotten another goal or two because our set pieces looked very dangerous today, we thought that was going to be important today and it was," said Wiese. "The disappointment is how quickly we lost the lead, but I thought it was a very professional type of win."
The Hoyas outshot the Eagles, 15-14, and took six corner kicks to American's two.
Once again, freshman goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) was brilliant in the net with eight saves including a near goal right before halftime. Gomez is now 7-1-2 on the season. Matt Makowski took the loss for American with four saves to his credit.
The contest marked just the second regular season game the Hoyas have played at night on Multi-Sport Field since lights were installed in 2009.
The Hoyas will face West Virginia on Saturday evening in Morgantown.
"We've got to keep improving and we need to get a few guys healthy for Saturday," said Wiese. "They don't lose much at home so we'll have to have one our of best performances to get a result there."
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com and a pay-per-view webcast will be available through the West Virginia athletic website.