April 13, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer team held its annual banquet on Sunday to recognize the accomplishments of the 2013 squad. The team gave out its three major awards and honored both team and individual successes throughout the season.
Following remarks from Head Coach Brian Wiese, the major award winners of the evening were unveiled. The winners were announced by the outgoing seniors. The finale of the night was the playing of the 2013 highlight video was shown which included top plays as well as bloopers.
The Most Valuable Player Award was given to senior forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North). It is his third-consecutive MVP honor marking the first time a Hoya has won the award three times in their career.
The forward had an outstanding career for the Hoyas over the past four years and was the fourth overall pick of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft going to the New England Revolution. He helped lead the squad to three NCAA Tournaments including the National Championship Game in 2012. Georgetown also won three BIG EAST Regular Season Championships and appeared in the BIG EAST Championship Game. Throughout his time on the Hilltop, the Blue & Gray was ranked in the top 25 every season.
Neumann appeared in 86 games with 67 starts to his credit. He tallied 116 points on 41 goals and 34 assists to rank third on the all-time lists in both points and goals as well as fourth in assists. The forward was among the program's all-time season leaders in points and goals all four years with 33 points in 2012 to rank seventh and 11 goals in 2011 to rank 12th.
He was a two-time All-American earning a pair of nods to the second team and a three-time all-region honoree. Additionally, Neumann was a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist as both a junior and senior.
In the BIG EAST, Neumann was the 2013 Offensive Player of the Year and a four-time All-BIG EAST honoree including three nods to the first team.
He made his mark on the national stage in 2012 scoring the first hat trick in College Cup history since 1993 in the semifinal game against Maryland where the Blue & Gray advanced on penalty kicks. It was the first hat trick of his career, he left the Hilltop with two to his credit. For his efforts, Neumann was named the College Cup Most Outstanding Offensive Player.
The forward also succeeded in the classroom graduating this past December in three and a half years.
The Most Improved Player Award went to sophomore defender Josh Turnley (Beaver, Pa./Beaver Area). Turnley started in all 20 games he appeared in this season after playing in six as a freshman. He had three assists on the year and helped the Hoyas to a program record 14 shutouts this season.
The Ricardo Mendoza Award, given to the player who exhibits spirit, leadership and dedication, was presented to senior goalkeeper Keon Parsa (West Hills, Calif./El Camino Real) for the third-consecutive season. It is also the first time in program history that a player has won the Mendoza Award three times.
Parsa appeared in four games this season with seven saves and a 0.98 GAA going 1-0 on the year. In his career, Parsa played in 13 games with eight starts to his credit as well as 55 saves and a record of 6-2-1 with three shutouts ranking in the all-time records. Parsa also helped the Hoyas to a new program record, 14 shutouts, in 2013. He is the only Hoya in any sport to ever win the Elite89 Award, given to the player with the top GPA at that year's College Cup.
Prior to the team awards, Wiese and the coaching staff presented the letterman certificates. The six seniors were also presented with a framed jersey.
Earlier in the day, the Blue & Gray closed out spring play with a 1-0 victory at the University of Delaware.
The Hoyas finished the season 14-5-2 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 program record for season shutouts with 14. The squad advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.
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