WASHINGTON - The No. 9 Georgetown University men's soccer team was selected first in the BIG EAST Conference Preseason Coaches Poll on Tuesday. Additionally, senior Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) was the Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year and junior Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph) was named the BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.
Georgetown edged Marquette in the preseason poll, tying the Golden Eagles with 75 points, but receiving five first-place votes. Creighton had 63 points and one first-place vote, while St. John's rounded out the top four with 54 points.
The Hoyas had four players named Preseason All-BIG EAST as sophomores Joshua Yaro (Santa Barbara, Calif./Cate School) and Alex Muyl (New York, N.Y./Bard) joined Gomez and Allen on the 15-man squad. Georgetown was the only team to have four honorees.
Allen was a unanimous selection to the preseason team.
Finishing last season, Allen earned a spot on TopDrawerSoccer.com's National Best XI Second Team and was 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.
Already this season, he has been named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List and TopDrawerSoccer.com's Preseason Best XI Second Team.
Last year, Gomez was named the BIG EAST Co-Goalkeeper of the Year and First Team All-BIG EAST after an impressive season. He ranked first in the BIG EAST with a 0.44 GAA, as well as fourth in the nation, and gave up only nine goals for the year. His .882 save percentage was also tops in the league. He set the program records for season shutouts with 12 individually as well as career shutouts posting 26. The Hoyas led the nation in shutout percentage (0.67) and was second in team GAA with a 0.46 GAA. The squad also set the new program record for season shutouts with 14 total.
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 (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.
Already this season, he has been named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List and TopDrawerSoccer.com's Preseason Best XI First Team.
Muyl had an outstanding rookie season for the Hoyas ranking third on the squad in scoring with four goals and a team-high nine assists for 17 points. He also scored the game winner against Butler. The freshman's nine assists ranked him second in the BIG EAST Conference. Muyl was a unanimous selection to the BIG EAST's All-Rookie Team. He appeared in all 21 games with 13 starts to his credit.
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.
The Hoyas opened camp last week. The squad defeated No. 15 Penn State, 3-1, in its first exhibition game on Sunday and will play at No. 3 Virginia in the final exhibition game on Saturday.
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