Aug. 30, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 21 Georgetown University men's soccer squad will host two games at North Kehoe Field this weekend as the 2-0 Hoyas welcome two opponents to the Hilltop. The Blue & Gray will host Cal State Northridge at 4 p.m., on Friday and then Penn State University at 1 p.m., on Sunday.
The Hoyas opened the season with a 2-1 overtime victory over the University of Virginia in the ACC/BIG EAST Challenge. Junior forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) started off with a bang, scoring the first goal of the season just ten seconds into the contest. The Cavaliers evened the score in the second half, and the Hoyas held on to forced overtime. In the 96th minute, sophomore Tom Skelly (Albuquerque, N.M./Shattuck St. Mary's) served in a ball and a UVA defender attempted to head it out, but shot the ball into the net for an own goal and the 2-1 decision.
On Monday, the Blue & Gray downed Florida Gulf Coast University, 1-0, at North Kehoe Field. Freshman Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph) scored after receiving a pass from sophomore goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) to make the final 1-0.
Neumann was also named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday. The two recent victories propelled the Blue & Gray into the national rankings as Georgetown sits at No. 21 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I National Rankings.
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.
The Cal State Northridge Matadors started off the season at 2-0 for the first time since 2005 by winning a pair of neutral-site matches and claiming the 2012 Wilson Titan Classic title this past weekend. Northridge recorded a convincing 4-0 victory over the Portland Pilots on August 24 before earning a come-from-behind win over the American University Eagles two days later.
Georgetown is 1-0 all-time against the Matadors after defeating the squad, 1-0, to open the 2008 season in California.
For the Nittany Lions (2-0-0), senior defender Brian Forgue picked up the first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors of the season and senior Julian Cardona garnered a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week after a two-goal performance in the 3-0 win over Stetson. Penn State's offense thrived in its first two outings, netting a combined six goals on the way to victories over Stetson and Hartford.
Georgetown is 0-1-1 all time against Penn State after a 0-0 double overtime tie a season ago in University Park, Pa.
Fans will have an opportunity to celebrate College Colors Day by wearing blue and gray at Jack's Tailgate. From 3-4 p.m., on Friday there will be games, music and free food for students. Georgetown students will receive a free t-shirt and admission into the game. Georgetown staff members can also enjoy the day wearing their college colors and receiving free admission into the men's soccer game with a GoCard. T-shirts are limited and will be given out on a first come, first served basis.
On Sunday, Local. Sustainable. Georgetown. brought to you by Five Rights will be on hand promoting the different recycling programs on campus.
Live stats and a webcast featuring Dan Helfrich will be available at www.GUHoyas.com. Fans can purchase tickets online or at the gate.