Oct. 6, 2010
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer team managed to hold on for a 3-2 victory over the American University Eagles (5-5) Wednesday afternoon at Reeves Field. The Hoyas boasted a two-goal lead early on, but allowed the Eagles to come back and tie it before freshman Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) hit the game winner in the 85th minute. GU closes out nonconference play with an overall record of 5-4-1.
"I was happy with the result, we played well and had a lot of chances," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "I think the real credit here goes to how the boys handled them tying it up. In the past and even earlier this season we didn't handle a lead well and today we kept it at two the Steve Neumann, who doesn't miss on chances, has a great header."
Georgetown controlled the pace early and jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Senior Seth C'deBaca (Albuquerque, N.M./Sandia Prep) sent the ball to classmate Jose Colchao (Fairfax, Va./Lake Braddock Academy) who was waiting in the box and beat keeper Matt Makowski with a low shot to make it 1-0 in the tenth minute. The goal was Colchao's second on the year.
The Hoyas continued to attack and had a number of good looks, but didn't find the back of the net until the 31st minute. Sophomore midfielder Ian Christianson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Christian Life) had some nice footwork to bring over another defender freeing up freshman forward Gabe Padilla (Sacramento, Calif./Jesuit) on the left side. Padilla shot toward the net and Neumann was on the opposite side to redirect it back into the net marking his second goal on the season.
The Blue & Gray looked to be in control, but the Eagles came on late. In the 36th minute, Patrick Mehlert served in the corner kick which was tapped to Colin Seigfried who fired deep in the box to pull the Eagles within one going into the break.
American scored the equalizer early in the second when a shot hit the post and ricocheted right back to Alassane Kane who put it back in to tie the game at two with 29 minutes remaining.
At 84:39, Andy Riemer (McLean, Va./Georgetown Prep) sent a cross from the left side of the field into the box. Riemer's cross went to the head of Neumann who directed it into the net for the game winner with just five minutes to go.
Georgetown would hold on for the 3-2 victory making it three in a row for the Hoyas and the first win over American since 2007.
The Blue & Gray was outshot, 18-14, and took just five corner kicks to American's seven. Both keepers had six saves on the day, four of Brutto's came in the second half. Neumann is leading the squad in scoring with three goals and four assists for ten points on the season.
The Hoyas will be back in action this weekend at Providence College in a BIG EAST matchup on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.