Men's Soccer to Face Ivy League Opponents
Sept. 15, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer team will meet a pair of Ivy League opponents this weekend. The Hoyas will battle the University of Pennsylvania Quakers in Philadelphia, Pa., on Friday evening at 7 p.m., before hosting the Princeton University Tigers on Sunday at 3 p.m., at North Kehoe Field.
The games are part of the Ivy League/BIG EAST Classic with Penn and Princeton matching up against Georgetown and Villanova University.
The Hoyas are 3-1-1 on the season and have some tough opponents in the coming weeks. Georgetown's lone loss was in the season opener against VCU falling 1-0 in overtime. The Blue & Gray then defeated Radford (2-0), Stanford (1-0, 2OT) and Michigan State (2-1, 2OT) before tying with Michigan (2-2, OT) this past weekend. Four of the Hoyas' first five contests have been decided in overtime with Radford as the only decision in regulation.
Leading the way for Georgetown is sophomore Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) who has eight points with four goals including two game winners. Junior Andy Riemer (McLean, Va./Georgetown Prep) has three points on one goal and one assist, while classmate Ian Christianson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Christian Life) has two points with the game winner against Michigan State.
In the net, freshman Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) has played in all five games with 14 saves and two shutouts to his credit.
Penn is looking to find its way back into the win column after a winless sojourn to San Diego last weekend. The Quakers are 2-2-0 on the year. After two wins in Philly to start the season, the Quakers were blanked twice in San Diego - a 1-0 loss at the University of San Diego and a 2-0 loss at San Diego State. Duke Lacroix and Christian Barreiro pace the team with four points each. Max Kurtzman has been in the net for the Quakers with 12 saves and one shutout so far this season.
Georgetown is 1-1 all-time against Penn. The first meeting came during the 2001 season when the Hoyas defeated the Quakers 2-1 at home. Last season during the inaugural Ivy League/BIG EAST Classic, Georgetown lost 3-1 at North Kehoe Field.
Friday will be special for Penn Head Coach Rudy Fuller who is a Georgetown alum and former member of the soccer team.
Princeton is seeking its first win of the season as the Tigers are 0-2-1 with two games going into overtime. Princeton played the College of Charleston to a scoreless tie and lost its next two games by just one goal.
Freshman Cameron Porter leads the team in scoring with two points, while senior Antoine Hoppenot has one point. Junior Max Gallin has allowed just three goals on 11 shots for a 0.92 goals against average and a .727 save percentage in his first season as the starting keeper.
The Hoyas hold a 2-0-1 series advantage after tying 1-1 in double overtime last year in New Jersey. Prior to last year's classic, the squads also 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.
Friday's game will be streamed live on the Penn Sports Network.
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.
Sunday is also Junior Hoya Day with Hoya Kids Club members getting in free and activities for the entire family. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.