Oct. 24, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 6/8 Georgetown University men's soccer team (14-2-1, 5-2 BIG EAST) put themselves in the best position possible to close out the regular season Wednesday with a 2-0 victory over the Seton Hall University Pirates (6-10-0, 2-5-0 BIG EAST) in South Orange, N.J. The Blue & Gray will face the Pirates once more on Saturday at North Kehoe Field as teams in the BIG EAST Blue Division are still jockeying for post-season seedings.
"I have to give credit to Seton Hall because they came out, competed and kept it close," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "In the first 45, Tomas (Gomez) made a great save and we had some blocks but they outplayed us. The second half was much better and our guys settled down, but Seton Hall made it hard."
The Pirates controlled the first as the team attacked the Georgetown back four. Sophomore goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) was forced to come up with a big save and the defense was on its heels as the Pirates outshot the Hoyas, 6-3.
The teams went into the break scoreless, but it was clear the SHU had momentum.
Early in the second, the Pirates had another opportunity where Gomez made a stellar save to keep it even which turned the tide for the Hoyas.
From that point on, the offense began to look alive and started finding chances.
In the 65th minute, the first one came as freshman Melvin Snoh (Coatesville, Pa./Malvern Prep) sent a ball from the left side finding the feet of senior midfielder Ian Christianson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Christian Life) who finished to make it 1-0.
"Ian's goal was a class goal and Melvin showed composure beyond a freshman," said Wiese. "That goal really settled us, but the game was not won and we knew we needed a second to put it away."
That second goal came in the 89th minute from a familiar combination. Senior defender Jimmy Nealis (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) came up from the backline and passed it to junior forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North). Neumann one-timed it to freshman forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph's), his favorite target this season, and Allen buried it in the back of the net to give the Hoyas the two-goal lead.
That advantage would stand as the final whistle blew just seconds later and the Blue & Gray came away with the 2-0 victory.
The teams tied in shots with nine each, and both took four corner kicks for the evenly matched contest. In the net, Gomez was awarded the victory with two saves, while Michael Kuzan took the loss posting three stops on the afternoon.
The squads will meet once more on Saturday in the final game of the regular season. The contest is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at North Kehoe Field. Live stats and a webcast featuring Dan Helfrich and Tom Greaser will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
"Three points on the road in the this league is great, but it is a difficult task to beat a good team twice in a row so we know we'll have a challenge on Saturday," said Wiese. "We need to refocus and prepare for this final game."