Dec. 1, 2013
WASHINGTON - The sixth-seeded Georgetown University men's soccer team lost in the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament in a 1-0 decision to the eleventh-seeded Michigan State Spartans (14-5-3) Sunday afternoon at Shaw Field. Despite domination possession, the Hoyas couldn't find the equalizer to end their season with a mark of 14-5-2 overall.
"It's a disappointing result for us because there were a remarkable number of balls that went across the six and didn't go in," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "Reflecting on the season, we had a great year and we'll really miss our seniors especially our senior captains."
The Hoyas opened the game with two big chances from sophomore forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph's) on the right side.
Georgetown possessed on offense dominating the run of play. Junior midfielder Tom Skelly (Albuquerque, N.M./Shattuck St. Mary's) and sophomore defender Keegan Rosenberry (Ronks, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) both had shots that were saved by keeper Zach Bennett resulting in corner kicks.
MSU gained momentum and in the 19th minute a foul just outside the box gave the Spartans a free kick. The wall stopped the shot as GU looked to counter.
A defensive breakdown in the 28th minute allowed the Spartans to get on the board. A shot in the box was cleared out but went to the foot of Adam Montague Who fired it right back from the top of the box to make it 1-0.
Despite some good looks, GU couldn't generate a goal in the half going into the break trailing 1-0.
Once again the Hoyas possessed early in the second. A Rosenberry service just missed a Georgetown head as the Blue & Gray pressured.
The defender continued to fire into the box as Skelly's touch went just wide.
It was chance after chance for the Hoyas, but every opportunity was thwarted. The Georgetown offense held the ball for much of the second, but actual shots were few as the Spartan defense packed it in allowing few good looks at the net.
The Blue & Gray fired it in, but was never able to come up with the equalizer resulting in the 1-0 final and ending GU's season.
Georgetown outshot Michigan State, 16-9, and took six corner kicks to the Spartans' three. Bennett had seven saves taking the win in goal, while Georgetown keeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) posted two saves.
The Hoyas finished the season 14-5-2 on the season winning a share of the BIG EAST Regular Season Championship for the third time in four years. Georgetown went to the BIG EAST Championship Semifinal at PPL Park where the Hoyas tied fourth-seeded Providence in double overtime, 0-0, but failed to advance in penalty kicks.
Along the way, the Hoyas had impressive milestones including setting the new program record for season shutouts with 14. Additionally,Gomez set the record for career shutouts (26) and season shutouts (12).
The Hoyas received a number of accolades with the squad earned four of the BIG EAST's top awards. Senior forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) was named the Offensive Player of the Year, senior midfielder Joey Dillon (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) was the co-Midfielder of the Year and Gomez was named the co-Goalkeeper of the Year. Additionally, Head Coach Brian Wiese and his staff were named the conference's Coaching Staff of the Year.
Neumann, Dillon and Gomez, along with Allen all earned First Team All-BIG EAST, while Rosenberry earned a spot on the second team.
Georgetown's NCAA Tournament berth was the third under Wiese. The Hoyas have been to the tournament on four previous occasions. Last season, the squad was the national runner up falling to Indiana, 1-0, in the national championship game. Prior to last year, the program had never moved beyond the second round of the tournament with previous appearances in 1997 and 1994. The Hoyas are 5-4-3 overall in the NCAA Tournament.