Oct. 31, 2007
South Orange N.J. - The Georgetown University men's soccer team kept their hot streak going, winning for the fourth time in its last five matches with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory at Seton Hall on Wednesday night. The Hoyas improve to 7-10-0 overall, and even their BIG EAST record at 5-5-0.
Georgetown snapped a three-game losing streak to the Pirates.
Seton Hall (7-10-0, 3-7-0) struck first, netting a goal in the 19th minute when Brayan Martinez scored, ripping a shot from 20 yards out after taking a pass from Eliseo Giusfredi who delivered the ball from the right wing. It was Giusfredi's eighth assist of the year, to rank third in the BIG EAST.
Georgetown answered just seven minutes later when freshman Alex Verdi (Ivyland, Pa./Germantown Acad.) tallied his first career goal at 26:06 off a free kick. Scott Larrabee (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Loyola H.S. of Los Angeles) picked up his first assist of the year re-starting play. Verdi one-time a blast with his right foot for the equalizer.
The teams went to intermission scoreless before the Hoyas took a 2-1 advantage just 15 minutes into the second half. Freshman Seth C'deBaca (Albuquerque, N.M./Sandia Prep) assisted with a long, neat pass down the middle of the field where junior Conor Neusel (Chesterfield, Mo./Christian Bros. College H.S.) scored his third goal in a Blue & Gray uniform after transferring from Vanderbilt prior to the 2006 season.
GU freshman goalkeeper Matthew Brutto (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) improved his record to 5-3 making four saves, all in the second half.
"We played some of our best soccer of the season in the first 20 minutes and we still found ourselves down 1-0," said head coach Brian Wiese. "But it's a testament to where we are as a team. A month ago, we might have panicked a bit but we're playing with a lot of confidence both offensively and defensively and we're creating a ton of chances.
"We put ourselves in a position where our last game (Saturday vs. Notre Dame) still means something (in terms of seeding in the BIG EAST Tournament)," said Wiese. "We'll get a chance to find out how good we are against one of the best teams in the country in Notre Dame."
The Hoyas have now scored at least one goal after halftime in five straight games.
Georgetown had scored just three goals through its first nine games but GU has netted 11 goals in its last eight matches and nine goals in the last five matches. The Hoyas are in the midst of its first three-game BIG EAST winning streak since September, 2004.
The Hoyas conclude the regular-season on Saturday, November 3 when GU welcomes No. 9/12 Notre Dame to the Hilltop for a league match that kicks off at noon.