April 23, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer team held its annual banquet on Friday to recognize the accomplishments of the 2011 squad. The team gave out its three major awards and honored both team and individual successes throughout the season. Georgetown earned a BIG EAST Tournament and spent time in the national rankings this season.
Following remarks from Head Coach Brian Wiese, the 2011 highlight video was shown which included segments on offense, defense as well as the team's spring break trip to Barcelona, Spain. After the videos, the major award winners of the evening were unveiled.
The Most Valuable Player Award was given to sophomore midfielder Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North).
He was named to First Team All-Northeast Region from the NSCAA and First Team All-BIG EAST. The midfielder ranked first on the team in points scored with 29 tallied on 11 goals and seven assists. Neumann started in all 19 games for the Hoyas and had six game-winning goals to his credit. He was first in the BIG EAST in game-winning goals and second in points, points per game, and goals per game. He was third in the BIG EAST in goals and fourth in assists and assists per game.
The Most Improved Player Award went to sophomore defender Nick Van Hollen (Kensington, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase). Van Hollen appeared in 10 games with two starts after playing in just two contests as a freshman. The defender stepped in to start in a key victory at Marquette University as well as in the win against Princeton University.
The Ricardo Mendoza Award, given to the player who exhibits spirit, leadership and dedication, was presented to sophomore goalkeeper Keon Parsa (West Hills, Calif./El Camino Real). Parsa started in two games, a tie at the University of Pennsylvania and a win against Pittsburgh. He allowed just three goals in those two games and recorded 17 saves. Parsa split time in goal, but was the ultimate team player being ready when called upon.
Following the team awards, Wiese and the coaching staff presented the letterman certificates and spoke briefly on each player. The three seniors were also presented with a framed jersey.
On Saturday, the Blue & Gray closed out spring play with a 3-1 victory against the University of Delaware. Including two games in Spain, the 18-member squad went 3-3 during spring play conceding just four goals in six contests.
Georgetown finished the season with a record of 10-5-4 and a mark of 5-3-1 in the BIG EAST.
GU returns its top five scorers for next season and is bringing in one of the best recruiting classes in program history. Preseason is scheduled to begin August 5.
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