Georgetown Men's Soccer Team Travels to Dallas; Hoyas Take on Tulsa on Friday and No. 8 SMU on Sunday
Sept. 6, 2007
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University men's soccer team will travel to Dallas, Texas this weekend to take part in the Mi Cocina Classic hosted by Southern Methodist University. The Hoyas will take the field against Tulsa on Friday, September 7 at 6 p.m. EST before GU plays against host and No. 8 SMU on Sunday, September 9 at 3:30 EST.
SMU Mi Cocina Classic, Westcott Field, Dallas Texas
Sunday, Sept. 9
The Hoyas are 1-1 after splitting their two games in last weekend's James Madison Tournament. GU dropped its opener to No. 23 UNC-Greensboro on Friday before Georgetown rebounded with a 1-0 win over Marshall on Sunday.
Three Hoyas will be returning to their home state of Texas. Junior Sean Bellomy (Dallas, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) and freshmen Chandler Diggs (Coppell, Texas/Coppell) and Robert Burnett (Plano, Texas/Plano West) are making the trip "home". Diggs' hometown of Coppell is a Dallas suburb 30 miles northwest of the city. Burnett's hometown of Plano is almost 20 miles due north of the city.
Senior goalkeeper Joe Devine (Exton, Pa./The Haverford School) recorded his fourth career shutout in the 1-0 over Marshall. Devine had to make a diving fingertip save in the 75th minute before the Hoyas scored in the 77th minute.
Midfielder Mostafa Ebrahimnejad (Columbia, Md./Hammond) and Burnett, a defender, are true freshmen that have been in the starting lineup in each of GU's first two games.
Sophomore Len Coleman (Basking Ridge, N.J./Pingry School), who made a name for himself as a freshman with his physical style of play, has shown more leadership by being considerably more vocal from his defender position.
Diggs came off the bench to score the game-winner against Marshall.
Tulsa enters the weekend with a 2-0 record after a 3-1 victory over Wisconsin and a 2-1 overtime win vs. UW-Milwaukee. Offensively for the Golden Hurrican, senior Todd Goddard has two goals while Eric DeFreitas has a goal and an assist in the early going. Sophomore Hunter Christiansen and junior Chris Clements were named to the Top Drawer Soccer and Soccer America National Teams of the Week, respectively, on September 5th. Tulsa posted a 9-10 overall record in 2006 including a 5-3 mark in Conference USA, advancing to the C-USA Tournament Semifinals. Tulsa has nine starters back from a year ago.
Georgetown's opponent on Sunday, SMU (0-0-1), has qualified for the NCAA Tournament 13-consecutive years and made two College Cup appearances since 2000. The Mustangs were selected first in the Conference-USA preseason poll and played to a 1-1tie against St. Louis University on Aug 31. SMU posted a 17-2-4 record last season and returns seven starters from last years team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round.