Men's Soccer Falls to Providence, 2-1, in BIG EAST Quarterfinals
Nov. 6, 2010
WASHINGTON - The No. 20/t-25 Georgetown University men's soccer team fell, 2-1, to the Providence College Friars (11-5-2) in the BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinals Saturday afternoon at North Kehoe Field. The top-seeded Hoyas evened the score late in the game, but a goal in the 84th minute gave the fifth-seeded Friars the edge. Georgetown is now 11-6-1 on the season.
"I give credit to Providence for the win, but I think we played the better game today overall," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "We had a lot of good opportunities and I'm sick to death for the boys because I think we played well. The difference is that in three shots on goal they had two goals and in six shots on goal we only came away with one."
The Blue & Gray looked strong in the first half as senior Jose Colchao (Fairfax, Va./Lake Braddock Secondary School) had a pair of headers from just a few yards out that were saved. Georgetown outshot Providence 6-2 in the half taking four corner kicks.
Despite opportunities, the Hoyas went into the break without a goal.
Providence, riding a six-game win streak, came out of the halftime aggressive on offense. In the 55th minute, miscommunication in back allowed the Friars to find the back of the net on a long pass into the box to make it 1-0.
Georgetown fought back, but didn't have a good opportunity until the 78th minute when freshman Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) lined up for free kick 10 yards outside the box. Neumann served it in and the ball found the head of senior defender Ben Slingerland (Beverly, Mass./St. John's Prep) who headed it into the left corner for the goal. The ball exited the goal through a small hole in the net as the Friars protested the call, but the referee whistled that it had indeed crossed the line knotting the game at one. It marked Slingerland's first-career goal.
The score gave the Hoyas momentum as sophomore forward Andy Riemer (McLean, Va./Georgetown Prep) had two near-goals just minutes apart.
Instead, a bad giveaway near midfield in the 84th minute allowed the Friars to make a run as Marc Cintron hit a short shot into the corner of the net for the go-ahead score.
The Blue & Gray scrambled to find answer, but came up short falling, 2-1.
Georgetown outshot Providence, 14-6, and took six corners to the Friars' two. The difference came in the net where GU had one save to Providence's five.
The Hoyas will now wait to see if the squad has earned an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Division I NCAA Tournament Selection Show will be on November 15 at 4:30 p.m. It will be televised live on ESPNU.