Neumann's Hat Trick Leads Hoyas Past Seton Hall, 8-0
Oct. 5, 2013
WASHINGTON - The No. 11 Georgetown University men's soccer squad (8-2-1, 1-0-1 BIG EAST) used a huge day on offense to defeat the Seton Hall University Pirates (3-5-2, 0-2-0 BIG EAST), 8-0, on Saturday at Shaw Field in a BIG EAST Conference matchup. Additionally, senior forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) scored a hat trick while tallying his 100th-career point making him just the fourth player in Georgetown history to do so.
"We had a sharp week of training and we played how we trained, today the guys came out on a hot day and we didn't let that slow us down," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "I thought the tempo was good, I thought we were sharp and goals just kind of happened. Everything we were hitting seemed to go in."
The Hoyas had the first chance of the game as a shot by freshman forward Alex Muyl (New York, N.Y./Bard) hit the post. This was followed by a corner-kick counter as junior midfielder Tom Skelly (Albuquerque, N.M./Shattuck-St. Mary's) raced down the left side and found sophomore forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph's) on the right who was stopped by Pirate keeper Julian Spindler.
In the 11th minute, the first goal came on an own goal but with a beautiful Hoya buildup. Neumann sent it to Skelly on the left who played it back across the box where it hit the foot of a Pirate to redirect in.
Goals were the story of the game as the Blue & Gray scored again just one minute apart. Sophomore defender Keegan Rosenberry (Ronks, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) sent a low cross into the box where it found the foot of Muyl who hit it to Neumann at the left post where he found the back of the net.
This was followed by a corner off of the restart where GU once again scored. The kick went into a group of players where junior midfielder Tyler Rudy (Olney, Md./Sherwood) managed to get a head on it. He passed it to Muyl who possessed a textbook finish to make it 3-0 just 23 minutes in.
The Hoyas added two more before the break off of another Neumann corner as freshman forward Brett Campbell (Wallingford, Pa./The Havorford School) finally got on the board after looking dangerous all season. Neumann's ball went to Campbell on the right where he headed it to the left post to make it 4-0.
In the 43rd minute, a give-and-go resulted in Neumann's second of the contest as he combined beautifully with junior midfielder Austin Martz (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg). The 5-0 score would stand at the break.
Georgetown switched up the lineup in the second, but looked just as dangerous.
In the 59th minute, Muyl was taken down in the box resulting in a penalty kick. Neumann took the PK and connected for his second-career hat trick and making it 6-0.
Allen found the back if the net just a minute later on a play that went nearly end to end. Campbell sent it to Skelly who streaked up the field on the left side. He popped it into the box for a diving Allen into the right side.
Skelly continued the scoring in the 61st minute after getting a pass back from Allen on the restart. He went down his favorite left side and beat keeper Kevin Bonder who came off his line to fire in the right corner making it 8-0. Despite a few more chances, this would be the final at the whistle.
Georgetown outshot Seton Hall, 15-10, and took four corners while the Pirates had five. The Hoya keepers were rarely tested with a combined one save on the day, while Spindler and Bonder combined for one as well as a team save.
The goal total is the most ever scored in the Wiese era. Neumann's hat trick was the second of his career notching the first last season in the semifinal of the College Cup.
"Steve is maybe one of the best players to ever wear Blue & Gray and when you get someone like him who can score goal and set up guys, I'd be shocked if he wasn't in that category because that's the type of player he is," said Wiese.
The Hoyas will be on the road for the next two contests. Georgetown will travel to Providence, R.I., to take on the Friars on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Live stats will be available through Providence's athletic website.