Sep 5, 2013
WASHINGTON - The No. 11 Georgetown University men's soccer squad will host two top opponents in its home opening weekend at Shaw Field. The Hoyas will welcome West Virginia on Friday before a matchup with No. 9 New Mexico on Sunday.
Last weekend Georgetown began the 2013 campaign with a pair of West Coast foes to start the year with a mark of 1-1. The Blue & Gray fell, 2-0, to the University of California-Berkeley on Friday, but bounced back with a 2-0 victory over Stanford University on Sunday.
Last year the Hoyas were 19-4-3 and advanced to the national championship game before falling to Indiana. The Blue & Gray return its top scoring tandem in 2013. Allen led the way with 16 goals and two assists for 34 points. His 10 game winners led the nation. Neumann posted 10 goals and a squad-high 13 assist for 33 points on the year.
Neumann was an All-American as well as a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist. He has already been named to the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List.
West Virginia is 1-0-1 on the season. The squad opened the season with a 3-0 victory over Central Connecticut State. They followed that up with a 2-2 double overtime tie against Radford. Friday will be the Mountaineers' first road contest of the season. Five different players have scored a goal for WVU and junior forward Andy Bevin leads the way with one goal and three assists for five points.
Georgetown is 11-5 all-time against the Mountaineers. In the last meeting, GU lost 1-0 in Morgantown in 2011, it was WVU's final year in the BIG EAST Conference. The last meeting in the District was in 2010 when the Hoyas came out on top, 1-0. In that game, Ian Christianson converted a penalty kick for the win.
The Lobo attack came out to play in New Mexico's season opener as the squad scored seven goals against Villanova. Michael Calderon, James Rogers and Niko Hansen all scored two goals apiece while Riley McGovern recorded his first-career goal. UNM is currently ranked No. 9 in the nation and sits at 1-0 overall. The team will play VCU on Friday before facing the Hoyas on Sunday.
The Hoyas are 0-1 all-time against the Lobos. The only meeting was in 2010 in Albuquerque, N.M., at the TLC Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Invitational where UNM came out on top, 3-1. Alex Verdi scored the lone goal in the contest. Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese hails from the state of New Mexico as does junior midfielder Tom Skelly (Albuquerque, N.M./Shattuck St. Mary's).
The Coca-Cola Swelter Stopper tour will stop at Georgetown on Friday. The Swelter Stopper experience will include a "perfect serve" ice bar with wet samples of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero and Cherry Coke. There will be competitive and interactive gaming with surprise premium giveaways hourly, a GreyScreen video studio with the option to create videos shouting out friends, family and Coca-Cola, an "Energy Dance Floor" where the power of guests dancing will light the dance floor and a live social media feed, allowing guests to see and tweet or instagram photos while they check-in at the location on FourSquare. For more information fans are encouraged to visit - www.swelterstopper.com.
Friday begins a four-game homestand for the Blue & Gray. Live stats as well as a new and improved broadcast featuring Dan Helfrich and Tom Greaser will be available at www.GUHoyas.com. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.