Nov. 3, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. - The sixth-seeded Georgetown University men's soccer squad fell in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament on Thursday evening to the third-seeded St. John's University Red Storm (11-6-2), 2-1, at Belson Stadium. Georgetown put together a solid performance but couldn't overcome an early SJU goal in each half. The Hoyas are now 10-5-4 on the season.
"I really felt confident coming in here tonight," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "This is a really tough place to place and this turf is so bouncy, but we handled it for much of the game. I've never had a team come in here and handle what St. John's does, but tonight we did and I'm proud of the boys."
St. John's scored in the seventh minute as Jimmy Mulligan survived a collision to weave through the defense and shoot to the right corner making it 1-0 in favor of the Red Storm.
Despite just one shot on the board, the Blue & Gray tied it up in the 38th minute when junior forward Andy Riemer (McLean, Va./Georgetown Prep) was taken down in the box on the attack and the Hoyas were awarded the penalty kick. Classmate Ian Christianson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Christian Life) took his third PK of the season and stayed perfect to make it 1-1.
The Hoyas looked more aggressive on offense as the clock wound down and the teams went into the break tied at one. Georgetown had just two shots to St. John's seven, but the defense and freshman goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) stayed tough.
The second half started out much like the first as St. John's scored five minutes in off of a restart. A touch foul was whistled deep in the corner and the restart went over the box and back to Jack Bennett who made one move and then slid it to the middle where Tim Parker waited to shoot to the top right corner making the score 2-1.
"We really played well for the final 40 minutes of the game," said Wiese. "Following their goal, we controlled the game and generated a lot of chances."
In the final 40 minutes, the Hoyas brought players forward, playing with a sense of urgency and looking sharp.
Junior defender Tommy Muller (Altamonte Springs, Fla./Trinity Prep) had a good look at the net firing from the top of the box and Christianson almost snuck one in, but keeper Alex Naples made a pair of diving saves to keep the Hoyas at bay.
Despite a solid showing, Georgetown could not find the equalizer to eventually fall, 2-1.
After a quiet first half, GU outshot the Red Storm, 8-4, in the second as St. John's finished with a slight 11-10 advantage. The squads tied in corner kicks, 4-4, and Gomez had had two saves while Naples managed two as well.
Georgetown has been eliminated from BIG EAST Tournament play and will await the NCAA Tournament selections on Monday, Nov. 14.