Oct. 19, 2011
WASHINGTON - A pair of late goals from Georgetown University sophomore men's soccer player Steve Neumann(New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) made all the difference as the Blue & Gray came back from a deficit to pick up the 3-2 victory over the Marquette University Golden Eagles (7-6-2, 5-1-0 BIG EAST) on Wednesday evening in Milwaukee, Wis. The Hoyas handed the Golden Eagles their first conference loss of the year and improved to 9-3-3 overall as well as 5-2-0 in BIG EAST Conference play.
The game was played in tough conditions as the location was moved to a turf field due to wind and rain with a power surge disrupting the scoreboard and clock later in the contest.
"The conditions were bad tonight and it's a wonder we even played, hats off to Marquette's staff for getting the field ready," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "Marquette is a good team and tonight was the type of game where there wasn't a lot of soccer being played but teams had to take advantage of their opportunities. I didn't think we'd get many, but we took advantage of ours."
Looking at a one-goal deficit, Georgetown's leading scorer Neumann took matters into his own hands in the 80th minute to tie the game. The forward received the pass from freshman Tyler Rudy(Olney, Md./Sherwood) at the top of the box and beat Marquette keeper David Check for the equalizer.
Just four minutes later, Neumann found his second opportunity of the match as junior Andy Riemer(McLean, Va./Georgetown Prep) sent a ball from 30 yards out to the inner left post where Neumann was waiting to volley in the game winner making the final 3-2.
"Steve hit two unbelievable goals, but that's the type of player he is," said Wiese. "Him and Andy are both playing really well and making a difference for us."
The Hoyas had been the first to strike taking a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute off of a Ben Slingerland (Beverly, Mass./St. John's Prep) header. Junior defender Tommy Muller(Altamonte Springs, Fla./Trinity Prep) sent the ball in off of a free kick to tally the assist.
It was the Golden Eagles who found the answer in the first half, however, as Kelmend Islami scored off of a Calum Mallace rebound in the 24th minute and Mallace added an unassisted tally for the go-ahead goal in the 36th minute. The Hoyas went into the locker room trailing 2-1.
Despite MU looking solid in the first half, it was Georgetown that found a way to win as Neumann tallied his two late scores for the 3-2 final. The victory snapped the Golden Eagles three-game win streak and put pressure on MU which sits in first place in the BIG EAST's Blue Division.
Georgetown's freshman goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) had another solid night in the net with five saves to his credit. The GU defense was playing without starter Jimmy Nealis (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) who was given a red card in the last contest. Filling in for Nealis was sophomore Nick Van Hollen(Kensington, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) who bolstered the backline.
Marquette outshot Georgetown, 18-8, but the Blue & Gray had more corners, 5-4, with all of the Hoyas' corner kicks coming in the second half. Gomez took the win in the net with five saves, while Check was given the loss with two stops.
Georgetown's tough road swing will continue on Saturday as the Blue & Gray travels to Connecticut to face the top ranked team in the nation in the University of Connecticut Huskies. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
"This was a great result and it keeps our ability to finish near the top of the conference intact, but we're moving from one mountain to the next playing the number one team in the nation on Saturday."