Oct. 27, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 6/8 Georgetown University men's soccer team clinched its second BIG EAST Blue Division Championship in just three years with a 1-0 victory over the Seton Hall University Pirates (6-11-0, 2-6-0 BIG EAST) Saturday afternoon at North Kehoe Field. The Blue & Gray finishes the regular season with a mark of 15-2-1 overall and 6-2 in BIG EAST play. The Hoyas tied Connecticut for the league title and earned the No. 2 seed from the Blue Division in the tournament.
"It's no small feat winning the regular season and whether we end up being the outright winner or sharing it with somebody, I think it's very fitting that this is our seniors' second title in the last three years and they played a major role in both," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "It's great for these guys and it's validation of the quality that they are and the character they have and I'm really happy for them."
The Hoyas dominated possession for almost the entire contest in the second meeting between the squads in four days. In the first half, Seton Hall had just two looks at the net while Georgetown attacked in spades. From corner kicks to free kicks, the Blue & Gray got shots off, but couldn't find the back of the cage.
In the 15th minute, it looked as if the Hoyas would get on the board when freshman forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph's) was tripped up in the box resulting in a penalty kick. The shot was saved by SHU keeper Michael Kuzan, however, to keep it scoreless.
Minutes later, Georgetown once again seemed to be poised to take the lead as a shot from junior forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) was high and seemed to cross the line off of a free kick. The line judge ruled no goal to keep it at zero which would stand at the half.
In the second half, the Hoyas started right where they left off controlling the pace of the contest.
In the 55th minute, freshman Melvin Snoh (Coatesville, Pa./Malvern Prep) was taken out by Kuzan on a breakaway resulting in GU's second penalty kick of the game. Once again, Kuzan came up big stopping the shot as the Blue & Gray searched for its first goal of the game.
Seton Hall gained some steam in the 62nd minute with three quick shots on goal in less than a minute's time which forced Hoya goalkeeper sophomore Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) to come up with some big stops. A goal in either instance would have changed the game entirely.
With time ticking away, it didn't seem as though Georgetown would put one in as each attempt was stopped. Finally, in the 84th minute, GU's luck changed. Neumann sent a long diagonal ball to senior midfielder Andy Riemer (McLean, Va./Georgetown Prep) who had been active all game. Riemer took one touch to the left and slid it to a charging Allen who finished into the right corner to give the Blue & Gray the 1-0 lead.
With six minutes remaining, the defense stood strong and the offense worked to keep possession as the Hoyas managed to hold on for the 1-0 victory giving them the league title.
GU outshot the Pirates, 25-9, and took seven corner kicks to SHU's one. Gomez was awarded the win in the net with six saves, while Kuzan posted eight for the game.
Georgetown has won just three regular season championships in program history including two under Wiese and one in 1994.
Saturday was also senior day as the five seniors were recognized in their final regular season game at North Kehoe Field.
The Blue & Gray will have a first-round bye in the BIG EAST Tournament and will play on Saturday, November 3 against St. John's, the No. 3 seed in the Red Division, at North Kehoe Field at 1 p.m. The winner of that game will move on to the semifinals on November 9 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.