Big Second Half Helps No. 19 Hoyas Past Pitt
Oct. 26, 2011
WASHINGTON - The No. 19 Georgetown University men's soccer squad tallied four unanswered goals in the second half to pick up the 6-2 victory over the University of Pittsburgh Panthers (4-11-2, 2-5 BIG EAST) on Wednesday afternoon at North Kehoe Field. After Pitt tied it early in the second, the Hoya offense exploded with a 4-0 run to seal the victory and improve to 9-3-4 overall as well as 4-2-1 in league play.
"When Pitt scored the second goal, you could almost see it coming because we hadn't been generating anything," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "I think the key to this game was how we responded to being tied in a game where we could have put it to bed early in the first half."
The Hoyas opened the scoring in the 13th minute as junior Jimmy Nealis (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) sent in a low cross from the left side to sophomore forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) who knocked it in to make it 1-0. Freshman Tom Skelly(Albuquerque, N.M./Shattuck St. Mary's) also assisted on the play.
Six minutes later, Georgetown added the second goal of the afternoon as Neumann crossed it from the 18 to Skelly who was just outside and played the ball back into the net.
The Hoyas held on to the 2-0 lead until the 31st minute after a scramble in front of the goal resulted in a ball being poked past Georgetown keeper Keon Parsa(West Hills, Calif./El Camino Real) to make the score 2-1 at the break.
Early in the second half, the Panthers made a game of it as Manny Morgado scored to tie it at two. It looked as if Pitt was gaining momentum until the 70th minute as Skelly passed it out to Neumann at the 18 who found the back of the net to give Georgetown the lead and tally the game winner.
Neumann's goal was just the beginning of a scoring barrage where the Hoyas controlled the game.
"Stevie Neumann has that natural ability to score big goals and he's certainly got the confidence in himself to get it done," said Wiese. "He scores goals that matter and today he scored two of them."
In the 71st minute, Neumann served in a corner kick which was cleared by a defender to the foot of Skelly who fired right back to make it 4-2.
Junior midfielder Ian Christianson(Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Christian Life) got into the act in the 77th minute standing at the top of the box and doing a quick turn before blasting a low ball into the right corner of the net.
Senior forward Uche Onyeador (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) rounded out the scoring in the 88th minute as junior Mark Luxama(Brooklyn, N.Y./The Packer Collegiate Institute) passed to him through traffic on the counter attack and Onyeador shot from 12 out making the final 6-2 in favor of the Hoyas.
"Great to see Uche get a goal, great to see Ian get a goal and Skelly had two nice goals," said Wiese. "We generated enough chances today to get it done and I was happy to see us execute."
Georgetown outshot Pitt, 27-8, and took nine corners to the Panthers' two. Both keepers managed four saves in the net as Parsa picked up his first win of the season.
Skelly finished the game with six points on two goals and two assists. Neumann also had five points on two goals and an assist.
The Hoyas will close out the regular season on Saturday against the Providence College Friars at North Kehoe Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Prior to kickoff, there will be a short ceremony recognizing the three seniors. Live stats and a webcast featuring Dan Helfrich will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.