WASHINGTON - Four members of the Georgetown University men's soccer team were recognized on Tuesday as TopDrawerSoccer.com released its Preseason Best XI listing. Sophomore defender Joshua Yaro (Santa Barbara, Calif./Cate School) was named to the Preseason Best XI First Team, while junior forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph) earned a spot on the second team. Additionally, two freshmen were selected to the Freshman Best XI First Team.
Yaro was a Second Team NSCAA All-Region honoree as a freshman, despite missing four games due to a broken arm. He was also a member of the BIG EAST All-Rookie squad. Yaro played a significant role in Georgetown's shutout record with 14 and proved to be one of the top defenders in the country all season. His first intercollegiate goal was the game winner at American University. The Hoyas led the nation in shutout percentage (0.67) and was second in team GAA with a 0.46 GAA.
Finishing last season, Allen earned a spot on TopDrawerSoccer.com's National Best XI Second Team and an NSCAA Second Team All-American. He was selected as the No. 20 player in the nation by the website, the list excluded freshmen. Allen also received recognition from CollegeSoccerNews.com earning a place on the site's All-America Second Team.
Allen was a Second Team All-American and BIG EAST First Team honoree. He ranked fourth in the league in points with 11 in nine conference games on five goals and one assist. His 1.22 ppg and five goals ranked him fourth in the BIG EAST in both categories. Overall he had 27 points in 11 goals and five assists. Allen was the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on one occasion this season and earned a nod to the honor roll.
In his career, Allen has been a two-time all-region and All-BIG EAST honoree as well as the national and BIG EAST Freshman of the Year.
Freshman midfielders Christopher Lema (Ridgefield, N.J./St. Stephen's Episcopal School) and Arun Basuljevic (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) were both honored on the freshman squad. The pair comes to the Hilltop from the New York Red Bulls Academy.
Lema was called into camp with the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team earlier this summer. He also spent the summer training with the Red Bull Reserves. In his youth career, Lema won the U-18 and U-16 Development Academy National Championship as well as the Northeast Pre-Academy Championship and the New York State Cup. He played with the U.S. U-17 National Team for two years serving as team captain and receiving 24 caps tallying three goals; that squad won the 2011 Nike Friendlies Championship. Lema was a varsity letterwinner at Ridgefield Memorial High School and named First Team All-League in 2010. He is ranked as the No. 13 overall player in the IMG Academy 150, No. 1 in New Jersey and No. 4 at his position.
Basuljevic also spent time with the Red Bull reserves this summer. His academy team won the U-18 and U-16 Development Academy National Championship as well as the Northeast Pre-Academy Championship and the New York State Cup. Basuljevic has played on the U.S. Soccer U-20, U-15 and U-14 National Team and was a 2013 NSCAA All-American as well as a member of both the Region 1 and ENYSSA Olympic Development Teams. Basuljevic lettered twice at Mahopac High School and was named all-Section and all-League as a freshman and sophomore scoring 14 goals with 34 assists in two seasons. He ranks as the No. 23 overall player in the IMG Academy 150 and No. 8 at his position.
The Hoyas finished the 2013 season with a mark of 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.
Georgetown reports to campus to begin camp early next week.
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