Oct. 19, 2013
WASHINGTON - The No. 11 Georgetown University men's soccer squad had no problem on the offensive end of the field on Saturday as the team took down the No. 18 Butler University Bulldogs (9-4-1, 3-2-0 BIG EAST), 4-1, at Shaw Field. With the win, Georgetown improves to 10-3-1 overall and 3-1-1 in BIG EAST Conference play.
"Today you saw goal scorers finishing chances, we have three great scorers and they all showed it," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "Butler's a good team and the score line isn't indicative of how much of a challenge they are. Beating a team like that was satisfying for the guys, they knew they played well.
The Hoyas had big chances early as sophomore forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph's) had shot off of his right foot just saved by Bulldog keeper Jon Dawson. In the ninth minute, freshman midfielder Bakie Goodman (Sarasota, Fla./Pine View School for the Gifted) fired a beautiful look that hit the upper left post as the Blue &Gray was dangerous on offense.
Georgetown's first goal of the day was a brilliant play in the 24th minute. Sophomore defender Josh Turnley (Beaver, Pa./Beaver Area) sent it to senior captain Steve Neumann on the left side. Neumann put it in the air across the face of the goal as Allen came flying in to head it into the net making it 1-0.
GU made it 2-0 in the 34th minute off of a corner kick from Neumann. The ball went to the near post and Dawson came out but stumbled. With the ball flying high in the air, freshman midfielder Alex Muyl (New York, N.Y./Bard) held strong and poked it in out of the scrum in front of the net.
Goodman and Allen combined for a late look and Butler tried to recover with some momentum late, but nothing came of it as the Hoyas went into the break leading 2-0.
Early in the second, Georgetown scored the dagger. Muyl had a big tackle at the top of the box and passed it to Neumann who was in the center. Neumann spun and buried it into the net to make it 3-0.
Neumann stayed hot scoring from his signature spot in the 69th minute. A foul just outside the box on the left gave the senior an opportunity for a free kick. He easily beat Dawson to make it 4-0.
With the game in hand, both staff made some changes to the lineup. The change proved fruitful for Butler as the Bulldogs scored a late goal in the 88th minute to avoid the shutout and make the final, 4-1.
Georgetown outshot Butler, 18-10, and took seven corner kicks while the Bulldogs were awarded four. Butler totaled eight saves on the day as Dawson had seven and took the loss. Junior goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) had the win for the Hoyas with one save, while senior keeper Keon Parsa (West Hills, Calif./El Camino Real) tallied three.
Neumann finished the contest with two goals and an assist, while Muyl added a goal and an assist.
The Blue & Gray will have a midweek game as the team continues at home matching with DePaul University on Saturday at 3 p.m., at Shaw Field. Live stats and a webcast featuring Dan Helfrich and Tom Greaser will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.