Oct. 7, 2009
WASHINGTON - A pair of goals with less than 15 minutes to play made the difference in Georgetown's 2-1 victory over Seton Hall (4-6-1, 1-4-1 BIG EAST) Wednesday evening in South Orange, N.J. The Hoyas trailed early on, but managed to get the victory after putting together a solid second half. With the win Georgetown improves to 7-3-1 overall and 4-1 in BIG EAST play.
"It was a great win for the guys," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "Any win on the road is a huge one and I think it's important to note how we won tonight. This was the first time we've gone down and fought back to win and I think they did a great job in the second half staying positive and pushing to get the job done."
The Pirates came out firing, as expected, forcing Georgetown keeper Matthew Brutto (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) to make a number of big saves. Seton Hall had 12 shots in the opening stanza, many coming off its dangerous counter attack. However, despite the looks in the open field, the Pirates scored off of a set piece in the 29th minute. SHU served it into the box off of a corner and Kurt Cameron managed to get his head on it sending the ball towards the top of the net to make it 1-0.
After the goal, the Georgetown offense managed to gain control of the pace but still struggled to find scoring opportunities. The Hoyas had just three shots in the half and only one on goal coming from junior midfielder Seth C'deBaca (Albuquerque, N.M./Sandia Prep). Late in the stanza, the Blue & Gray continued to possess the ball but the Pirates countered forcing Brutto to make a total of six saves in the half.
As the second half began, the Hoyas maintained possession and finally started to get solid looks at the goal. After allowing 12 SHU shots in the first, the Georgetown defense held the squad to just five shots in the second including only one on goal. Additionally, the Blue & Gray began to test Pirate keeper Paul McHenry.
Despite the good looks, it wasn't until late in the game that the Hoyas mounted a comeback. In the 68th minute, freshman Andy Riemer (McLean, Va./Georgetown Prep) entered the pitch and less than 10 minutes later he had a goal connecting a one-touch into the upper corner off of a cross from Scott Larrabee (Palos Verdes, Calif./Loyola High School of Los Angeles).
"I was proud of the guys because they didn't panic," said Wiese. "With only 13 minutes left a lot of teams would get frazzled, but they didn't. It was great to tie it and a lot of teams would relax after getting the hard part done but they pushed and got the second goal quickly."
GU had tied it, and the Hoya offense wasn't finished. They struck just four minutes later in the 82nd minute when freshman Tommy Muller (Altamonte Springs, Fla./Trinity Prep) served it into the box from the right side and junior Jose Colchao (Fairfax, Va./Lake Braddock Secondary School) connected on a diving header which would be the game-winner as the Blue & Gray left the field with the 2-1 victory.
Georgetown took 18 shots to Seton Hall's 17 and had two more corners (6-4). Brutto managed seven saves in the win while McHenry had four. The game marked the first of the season for the Hoyas where both squads managed to score a goal.
"Our depth is the key to our success this year, we have a lot of guys doing different things to help us," said Wiese. "Ibu (Otegbeye) played great in the first half and when we needed a different look Tommy Muller came in and assisted on the game winner. Riemer had another big goal and both Jimmy (Nealis) and Chandler (Diggs) had good performances. When our reserves come in they make things happen which is important to be successful."
Georgetown will return home this weekend for a Saturday afternoon matchup against Pittsburgh at North Kehoe Field. The Hoyas will take on the Panthers at 1 p.m. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
"Tonight's win is a sign that the team has come a long way and we needed these three points to be where we want to be, within striking distance of the top of the league," said Wiese.