April 24, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer team held its annual banquet on Tuesday to recognize the accomplishments of the 2012 squad and its run to the national championship game. The team gave out its three major awards and honored both team and individual successes throughout the season. Georgetown had the most successful season in program history with its first-ever trip to the College Cup and a national championship game appearance.
Following remarks from Head Coach Brian Wiese, the 2012 highlight video was shown which included segments on offense, defense and the epic run in the NCAA Tournament that had the Hoyas playing into December. After the videos, the major award winners of the evening were unveiled.
The Most Valuable Player Award was given to junior midfielder Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North).
Neumann was named a Second Team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as well as receiving a nod to the College Soccer News' First Team and TopDrawerSoccer.com's Team of the Year. He was also an NSCAA First Team All-Northeast Region honoree. Neumann was named All-BIG EAST First Team for the second-consecutive year. He was second on the team in scoring with 10 goals and 13 assists for 33 points. Neumann's 13 assists ranked him first in the BIG EAST Conference and second in the nation in helpers. This past season, the forward was the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, TopDrawerSoccer.com Forward of the Week and earned a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. He was also a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist.
The Most Improved Player Award went to junior defender Ted Helfrich (Belvedere, Calif./Marin Catholic). Helfrich appeared in eight games with six starts after playing in just one game in his two previous seasons. His six starts included four-consecutive to open the season when the Hoyas went on an 11-game unbeaten streak.
The Ricardo Mendoza Award, given to the player who exhibits spirit, leadership and dedication, was presented to junior goalkeeper Keon Parsa (West Hills, Calif./El Camino Real). This is the second-straight year the Mendoza Award has been presented to Parsa. Parsa's season was highlighted by his recognition as the Elite89 Award winner for the 2012 College Cup. The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. During the 2012 season, the goalkeeper appeared in seven games with six starts and 31 saves to his credit. He also tallied three shutouts on the season. He was the first Hoya ever to win the Elite89 Award.
Following the team awards, Wiese and the coaching staff recapped the most successful season in Georgetown history and honored the senior class.
Georgetown finished the season with a record of 19-4-3 and a mark of 6-3-0 in the BIG EAST Conference. The Hoyas were the BIG EAST Championship runners-up and advanced to the national championship game in PKs in a thrilling game against the University of Maryland.
GU returns its top two scorers for next season and is bringing in a highly-touted freshman class.