Sept. 13, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer team will meet a pair of Ivy League opponents this weekend. The Hoyas will battle the Princeton University Tigers in Princeton, N.J., on Friday evening at 7 p.m., before hosting the University of Pennsylvania Quakers on Sunday at 1 p.m., at North Kehoe Field.
The games are part of the Ivy League/BIG EAST Classic with Princeton and Penn matching up against Georgetown and Villanova University.
Leading the way for Georgetown is freshman Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph's) who has nine points with four goals including three game winners as well as one assist. Senior Andy Riemer (McLean, Va./Georgetown Prep) has four points on a pair of goals, while junior Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) has three points with and goal and an assist.
In the net, sophomore Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) has played in all six games with 20 saves and two shutouts to his credit.
The Tigers enter the weekend with a 1-2 record with a win over Seton Hall and losses to No. 12 St. John's and Rutgers. Offensively, Princeton is led by brothers Matt and Thomas Sanner and sophomore Julian Griggs. Senior Sanner and Griggs both have one goal, while freshman Sanner has two assists. Senior Max Gallin has played every minute in goal and has made 16 saves on 22 shots for a .727 save percentage and a 2.00 goals against average.
The Hoyas hold a 3-0-1 series advantage after tying, 1-1, in double overtime in the first year of the BIG EAST/Ivy League Classic in New Jersey and winning, 3-0, at North Kehoe Field in 2011. Prior to the classic, the squads last met in 2002. In that game, Georgetown took a 3-0 lead but won by just one goal at North Kehoe Field. In the first meeting, the Blue & Gray downed the Tigers, 4-0, at the UConn Soccer Classic.
Four one-goal losses have the Quakers sitting at 0-4-0 entering the weekend, each loss more frustrating than the one previous. Last weekend, Penn saw any momentum from a game-tying goal against Air Force slip away just 36 seconds later when the Flacons regained the lead off a restart. The next game, despite outshooting Hartford, 24-13, Penn couldn't find the back of the cage until there were less than 45 seconds to play in a 2-1 loss t o the Hawks.
Senior midfielder Travis Cantrell has two goals for Penn - each coming in the final minute of a match. With Stephen Baker out on Friday, Cantrell will be called upon to increase his offensive game even more to provide secondary options for the Penn attack. Freshman Sam Engs recorded his first collegiate goal last Friday night against Air Force,
Georgetown is 1-1-1 all-time against Penn. The first meeting came during the 2001 season when the Hoyas defeated the Quakers 2-1 at home. The last two meetings have come in the Ivy League/BIG EAST Classic. In 2010, Georgetown lost 3-1 at North Kehoe Field and last season, the squads tied, 1-1, in double overtime in Philadelphia.
Sunday will be special for Penn Head Coach Rudy Fuller who is a Georgetown alum and former member of the soccer team.
Hoyavision featuring Dan Helfrich and live stats will be available for Sunday's game at www.GUHoyas.com. Fans can purchase tickets for Sunday online at www.GUHoyas.com or at the gate.
The Hoyas will be wearing gold shoelaces this weekend as a part of Lace-Up 4 Pedriatric Cancer.
Lace-Up 4 Pediatric Cancer is a movement that countless teams across the country have participated in. Go4theGoal created the Lace-Up 4 Pediatric Cancer awareness campaign in September 2011 to honor Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Within weeks, it became a nationwide phenomenon. Student-athletes across the country are wearing Go4theGoal's gold shoelaces, creating awareness and engaging in fundraising efforts to benefit G4G's program. Lace-Up 4 Pediatric Cancer is now a staple of Go4theGoal's fundraising efforts, helping continue its mission toward the ultimate goal, curing pediatric cancer.
A portion of the gate proceeds at Sunday's game will go to the organization and the squad will wear the laces throughout September for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.