Oct. 12, 2011
WASHINGTON - The No. 20 Georgetown University men's soccer squad improved to 8-2-3 on the season and 3-1-0 in BIG EAST Conference play on Wednesday evening with a 3-1 victory over the Seton Hall University Pirates (4-7-2, 0-4-0 BIG EAST) at Owen T. Carroll Field. Junior forward Andy Riemer (McLean, Va./Georgetown Prep) scored two goals and sophomore forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Central Bucks South) added a goal and and two assists in the victory.
"I though tonight was a really professional win for us, it's always nice to go on the road in the BIG EAST and pick up three points," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese.
Seton Hall struck first as Damian Bziukiewicz crossed the ball to the right from the top of the box finding Jason Wellington who fired it past Georgetown keeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) to gain the early lead in the ninth minute.
"We started fine, we were focused and sharp, but they just did a good job to get a great goal on their first real attack so it was a little frustrating but it didn't shake the guys," said Wiese. "We knew we had 80 minutes to get the goal back and we created a lot of chances. The back four did a great job of limiting Seton Hall's opportunities."
SHU's good fortune wouldn't last long, however, as the Hoyas got on the board in the 25th minute with Riemer tallying his first goal of the game. Freshman midfielder Tyler Rudy (Olney, Md./Sherwood) found space behind the defense on the right side and slid the ball to Riemer in the middle of the box who hit the left corner for the equalizer. Neumann was also credited with the double assist for starting the play.
The game winner came just after the break in the 53rd minute as a diverted cross was punched right to Neumann who fired back into the goal from point-blank range to make it 2-1.
Riemer's second score of the contest and the security goal was a little more than ten minutes later. Neumann intercepted a clear by the Pirate defense in the middle of the field and dribbled in before making a brilliant pass to Riemer who put together the perfect finish to move to 3-1 which would stand as the final.
"It was terrific for Andy to get some goals for us tonight since he had a stretch without one," said Wiese. "He could have had a hat trick and Steve Neumann could have as well. We talked about how important this game was for those guys to generate chances."
Georgetown outshot Seton Hall, 19-13, and had seven shots on goal to SHU's five. The Hoyas were awarded four corners, while the Pirates had five and both keepers managed four saves in the net as Gomez was credited with the victory.
The Blue & Gray will return to North Kehoe Field on Saturday for a BIG EAST matchup with the No. 12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
"We'll have a different challenge on Saturday," said Wiese. "There won't be as many chances, but we are hoping to build off of tonight's momentum and take advantage of what we get."
The contest marks the first ranked opponent to come to North Kehoe Field this season. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m., and live stats as well as a webcast featuring Dan Helfrich will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.