Nov. 15, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - The Georgetown University men's soccer team tied the Providence College Friars (12-4-3), 0-0, in the BIG EAST Conference Semifinal Friday evening at PPL Park. Despite the scoreless game, the Hoyas failed to advance in penalty kicks falling, 5-4. Georgetown is now 13-4-2 on the season as the squad awaits the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on Monday.
"I think they played very hard; they left it all on the field," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "I don't have any regrets about the group or how we played the game, I'm really just pulling for the seniors. This group of seniors made it a point to get it back to the final after last year's loss to Notre Dame, I was really proud of the guys."
Providence got the first look at the net, but it was the Hoyas that had the first opportunity with three quick shots all blocked by Friar defenders.
The game began to get physical as cards flew late in the first and both squads had opportunities on goal. Junior goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) was forced to make two big saves as the squads went into the break in a scoreless tie.
The first good look of the second half came a little over 10 minutes in as senior forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) shot from 16 yards out which was saved by Keasel Broome and went wide. The shot resulted a pair of corner kicks followed by a laser from junior midfielder Tyler Rudy (Olney, Md./Sherwood) which was saved.
The play sparked a barrage of shots as the Blue & Gray began to gain momentum and the contest opened up.
Despite the Hoyas dominating possession, the Friars stood strong to keep it scoreless. Freshman midfielder Alex Muyl (New York, N.Y./Bard) looked to be the answer firing from inside the box in the 81st minute, but it was stopped by Broome.
On the ensuing corner, Providence had the opportunity to counter with one of the most dangerous shots of the night as the Hoyas were outnumbered. A header from Markus Naglestad went to the back post, but Gomez came up with a huge save to keep it scoreless.
Georgetown continued to have chances on setpieces.The next corner gave freshman defender Joshua Yaro (Santa Barbara, Calif./Cate School) a chance at the net on the header. Broome punched it away, but the rebound went to sophomore defender Cole Seiler (Anderson, S.C./Christ Church Episcopal School) who headed it where it was cleared off the line.
Despite chances, no team could find the advantage forcing the game into extra time after 90 minutes.
Georgetown started the first overtime period with three corners and shots from Allen and Yaro as the team had the momentum. The pendulum swung back to Providence in the final four minutes with PC managing three shots.
It was Providence that had more opportunities in the second overtime period, but each threat was blocked and a final Hoya look wasn't enough resulting in the 0-0 tie and forcing penalty kicks to decide the advancing team.
Both keeper came up with saves in PK's, but it came down to miscues and timing as the Friars managed to gain the 5-4 advantage to move onto the championship game.
"I think the game maybe needed a goal to open up a little bit, but I think both goalkeepers had great performances tonight," said Wiese. "The save on Brandon in overtime was one of the better saves I've seen all year and Tomas on our end, I thought did an absolutely spectacular job handling all the things he needed to handle. It's a BIG EAST game - it's another BIG EAST game but the stakes are a little higher."
Gomez had seven saves in the net, while Broome tallied five. The Friars outshot the Hoyas, 19-15, but GU took 10 corner kicks to Providence's four.
The Hoyas will await their fate in the NCAA Tournament which will be announced on Monday at noon. A webcast of the selections will be available live on www.NCAA.com.