Men's Soccer Opens BIG EAST Tournament Play at St. John's
Nov. 2, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer team will travel to St. Johns University on Thursday for the opening round of the BIG EAST Tournament at 7 p.m., in the Red Storm's Belson Stadium.
After earning the No. 6 seed with a league record of 5-3-1 in the BIG EAST Blue Division, the Hoyas will engage in cross-divisional play for the first round of the tournament, taking on the Red Division's No. 3 seed in SJU who finished the season with a mark of 10-6-2 overall and a record of 4-5-0 in conference play.
Last Saturday, Georgetown (10-4-4) battled snow and freezing temperatures, but could not pull out the win against the Providence College Friars falling, 2-1. Earlier in the week, the Hoyas defeated Pittsburgh, 6-2.
For his efforts last week, freshman Tom Skelly (Albuquerque, N.M./Shattuck St. Mary's) was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week on Tuesday. Skelly recorded six points, netting two goals and giving out two assists to take part in four of the Hoyas' six goals in a 6-2 win against Pittsburgh on Oct. 26. His two goals came on three shots and he assisted on the game winner. It was his first-career BIG EAST honor.
The Hoyas have not played St. John's since 2009 when they lost, 2-0, in New York. Georgetown is 4-17-3 all-time against the Red Storm who have made their record 21st-consecutive BIGEAST Tournament this year.
Last season Georgetown suffered a disappointing loss in the opening round of the tournament to Providence by a score of, 2-1. The Hoyas are 8-17-2 all-time in BIG EAST Tournament play and 1-3 against the Red Storm in the postseason with the lone win coming in New York in overtime during the 1999 season.
The Hoya offense is lead by sophomore Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) who has recorded 29 points while netting eleven goals this season to date. The defense is anchored by freshman goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) who has given up just fourteen goals in sixteen games this year.
The winner of Thursday's game between the Hoyas and the Red Storm advances to play at West Virginia, the No. 2 seed from the Blue Division. Georgetown lost at West Virginia earlier this year in a 1-0 decision.
The 12-team BIG EAST Tournament field features the top six teams from each of the two divisions. For the second-straight season, the semifinals and finals will be held in Harrison, N.J., at Red Bull Arena, home of the New York Red Bulls.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., at Belson Stadium. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.