Hoyas Fall to USF in BIG EAST Tournament First Round Action
Nov. 7, 2007
Tampa, Fla. - In a BIG EAST Tournament first round match at USF Soccer Stadium, the No. 4 seed in the Red Division, USF topped the No. 5 seed in the Blue Division, the Georgetown Hoyas, 4-0 on Wednesday night. Georgetown concludes the season with an 7-11-1 overall record. USF (12-4-2) earns a meeting with the University of Connecticut in a BIG EAST quarterfinal match vs. the Huskies, the No. 1 seed in the Blue Division on Saturday, November 10.
USF junior midfielder Kevon Neaves finished with two goals while Simon Schoendorf dished out two assists. The Bulls had a 2-0 lead before adding two more goals in the last four minutes.
Georgetown finished the season with a 4-2-1 record over its last seven games
The Hoyas really had to absorb some pressure from the Bulls through the game's opening ten minutes.
Georgetown managed to control possession over the next 12 minutes, connecting passes. GU's best chance came when a foul was called on the Bulls just outside the right corner of the penalty box where the Hoyas were credited with free kick. In what was in essence a corner, sophomore Scott Larrabee (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Loyola H.S. of Los Angeles) sent a right-footed cross that freshman Mostafa Ebrahimnejad (Columbia, Md./Hammond) just missed with a lunging header.
Minutes later, Larrabee hit a right-footed inswinger on a corner kick that bounced into the top of the six yard box that Ebrahimnejad flicked up and just over the crossbar with a left foot.
With 22 minutes to go in the opening period, USF junior defender Joris Claessens controlled a ball from his left back position moving forward with a pass to Simon Schoendorf. The senior midfielder sent in a ball from the right wing that Bernardo Anor one-timed just wide in either team's the best scoring chance of the first half.
USF struck first and took a 1-0 lead with just 6:03 to go in the first half. Anor won a ball in the midfield and moved forward passing to Schoendorf. Schoendorf sent a ball toward the net from the right wing. The low cross ended up near the top of the six yard box. The ball, Georgetown goalie Matthew Brutto, two Georgetown defenders and two Bull players converged on the spot almost simultaneously. There was an initial touch in traffic and the ball bounced high where USF's Tony Taylor re-directed the ball into the net.
It marked the eighth time the Hoyas trailed at intermission.
Thirteen minutes into the second period, Kevon Neaves upped the Bulls lead to 2-0. USF connected four passes just outside the right corner of the penalty box. Schoendorf picked up his team-leading 11th helper of the season and the second of the night touching a ball to Neaves who blasted a shot from eight yards out.
The Hoyas narrowly missed slicing their deficit. With 15:21 to go, Ebrahimnejad hit a direct kick from 40 yards out. Freshman Chandler Diggs (Coppell, Texas/Coppell) was able to wiggle between bodies at the penalty spot and hit a shot with a left foot. The ball beat USF goalkeeper Diego Restrepo but the ball caromed off the right post before being cleared.
Neaves scored an unassisted goal at 86:02 before Armante Marshall scored the game's final goal at 86:59.
"USF did a good job of taking away some of the things that we try to do," said second year head coach Brian Wiese. It took us a while to get going tonight. "To be fair, give USF credit. They're athletic and keep pressuring."
Georgetown had squared off against USF just one other time, a 3-1 Bull victory in Tampa on September 18, 2005.
The Hoyas allowed just 22 goals this season. It is the program's second fewest goals allowed since the inception of BIG EAST play. GU allowed 15 goals over 20 games during the 1988 season.
The Hoyas are now 7-14-3 all time in the BIG EAST tournament.