Nov. 8, 2013
WASHINGTON - The No. 8 Georgetown University men's soccer squad won the BIG EAST Regular Season Championship for the fourth time in program history with a 1-0 victory over the Villanova University Wildcats on Friday afternoon at Shaw Field. The win tied the Hoyas with Marquette in the standings and Georgetown took the top seed in the tournament due to the tiebreaker.
"I couldn't be happier for this team, they've come a long way since preseason and that's a tribute to all six of our seniors," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "Their leadership day in and day out has been the difference and the fact that they have won three BIG EAST titles in four years speaks to their character and quality."
It took some help from today's results, but the Blue & Gray clinched the title and seed giving them a first-round bye and a ticket to PPL Park for the conference semifinals.
It was also senior day as the six seniors were honored for their accomplishments.
The group has been a part of two NCAA Tournament berths, including last year's trip to the College Cup, as well as three BIG EAST Regular Season Championships and an appearance in the BIG EAST Tournament Championship Game. The class has been ranked for much of its time at Georgetown and posted a record of 54-19-10, making them the winningest class in program history, as well as a mark of 24-9-2 in BIG EAST play, moving them into first for most conference wins by a four-year class.
Friday's game was a must-win for the Hoyas and the squad delivered.
Despite GU having possession, it was Villanova that had the best look early as a shot by Aaron Dennis went just wide.
Everything changed in the 22nd minute when freshman midfielder Alex Muyl (New York, N.Y./Bard) went to an overlapping Josh Turnley (Beaver, Pa./Beaver Area) on the left side. Turnley sent in the low cross finding the foot of a charging Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph's) who made it 1-0.
Senior captain Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) had a great look with six minutes remaining in the half that went just high of the crossbar. That meant Georgetown had the 1-0 lead going into the half.
Once again the Wildcats had a big chance early in the second as GU junior goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) made a big save from four yards out, but the shot was called offsides.
Things continued to get physical as the game progressed. A VU foul resulted in a free kick for Neumann whose shot went just over the crossbar once again.
Late in the half, both Allen and junior midfielder Austin Martz (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) had shots that were saved by `Cat keeper Andrew Weakly. Neumann followed that up with another good look stopped by the crossbar.
With six minutes to go, Dennis fired again and Gomez came up with the diving save to the left. That would be the final push as the Hoyas held on for the 1-0 victory although their fate was not sealed until the results came in later in the evening.
Georgetown outshot `Nova, 13-8, and took three corner kicks to the Wildcats' two. It was a physical game where Villanova had five yellow cards in the contest. Gomez was awarded the win with two saves, while Weakly was credited with four.
The Hoyas will face the winner of fifth-seeded Creighton and fourth-seeded Providence on Friday evening at PPL Park at 6 p.m. An audio-only broadcast featuring Dan Helfrich and Tom Greaser will be available through www.GUHoyas.com.