Men's Soccer Opens the Season Against Virginia in BIG EAST/ACC Challenge

Tommy Muller

Aug. 23, 2012

WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer squad will open the 2012 season on Friday evening at the Maryland SoccerPlex in the BIG EAST/ACC Challenge against the University of Virginia Cavaliers. The Hoyas started the year winning a pair of exhibition games including a 3-1 victory over Old Dominion University and a 3-0 win against Villanova University.

Georgetown was selected to finish third in the BIG EAST's Blue Division, up one spot from its finish a season ago. The Hoyas had 72 points and one first-place vote. GU finished last 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 in 2012 and brought in one of the best recruiting classes in program history which will make an immediate impact.

Senior defender Jimmy Nealis (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team and earned the Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors. Joining him on the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team was junior forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North), a unanimous selection, and senior midfielder Ian Christianson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Christian Life).

Additionally, Neumann was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List.

Virginia boasts one of its youngest rosters during head coach George Gelnovatch's 17 years at the helm of the program. Twenty-one of the 27 players on the roster are in their freshman or sophomore years of eligibility.

Overall, UVA returns 17 letterwinners, including seven starters, from the 2011 squad which went 12-8-1 (4-3-1 ACC) and made the program's 31st-consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. UVA was selected fifth in the Preseason ACC Men's Soccer Coaches Poll.

The Cavaliers won both of their preseason exhibition contests, as they knocked off No. 13 St. John's, 1-0, and Liberty, 3-0, with both matches coming in Charlottesville, Va.



This is the ninth meeting between the teams with the Cavaliers holding an 7-1 advantage. The last meeting was in 1997 when the squads met twice. During the regular season, Georgetown fell, 1-0, and in the NCAA Tournament Second Round, the Hoyas lost by a score of 5-1 in Charlottesville, Va.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md. Live stats and a webcast featuring Dan Helfrich will be available at

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