Second-Seeded Hoyas Host Third-Seeded Red Storm in BIG EAST Quarterfinal
Nov. 2, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 4/6 Georgetown University men's soccer team will host the No. 13/24 St. John's University Red Storm in a BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinal on Saturday at 1 p.m., at North Kehoe Field. The Hoyas tied for first in the BIG EAST Blue Division earning the second seed in the tournament, while the Red Storm earned the third seed from the BIG EAST's Red Division.
On Saturday, the Blue & Gray defeated Seton Hall for the second time in a week by a score of 1-0 to clinch a share of the Blue Division title. In the 84th minute, junior forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) sent a long diagonal ball to senior midfielder Andy Riemer (McLean, Va./Georgetown Prep) who had been active all game. Riemer took one touch to the left and slid it to the charging freshman forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph's) who finished into the right corner to give the Blue & Gray the 1-0 lead which would be the final.
On Monday, Allen was named the Rookie of the Week and sophomore goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) earned BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the week. Additionally, senior defender Tommy Muller (Altamonte Springs, Fla./Trinity Prep) and classmate Jimmy Nealis (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) were both named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week.
Gomez posted two shutouts last week, making eight saves as the Hoyas went 2-0. The Hoyas posted a 2-0 win on Wednesday and a 1-0 victory on Saturday. In both contests he was forced to come up with multiple game-winning stops. It was Gomez's first goalkeeper of the week honor this season and his second-career weekly award. The sophomore is leading the squad with 43 saves and six shutouts on the year.
Allen scored two goals in a 2-0 week for the Hoyas. He had the late gamewinner against Seton Hall on Saturday in a 1-0 win and scored the insurance goal in a 2-0 victory on Wednesday. It was his third-career weekly honor from the conference.
Muller and Nealis were honored after anchoring a backline that posted a pair of shutouts. Muller played a key role in the clean sheets, while Nealis added an assist.
Georgetown is 15-2-1 on the season and finished 6-2-0 in BIG EAST play. Leading the way for Georgetown is Allen who has 24 points with 11 goals including seven game winners as well as two assists. Neumann has 20 points with five goals and a team and conference-high 10 assists, while senior forward Andy Riemer (McLean, Va./Georgetown Prep) rounds out the top three with six goals and one assist for 13 points.
In the net, Gomez has appeared in 12 games with 43 saves and six shutouts to his credit.
St. John's (10-3-4) is appearing in the BIG EAST Tournament for the 22nd-consecutive season, the longest active streak in the conference. The Red Storm defeated Connecticut 1-0 last year to win the BIG EAST Championship title at Red Bull Arena.
The squad is led by senior midfielder Jack Bennett who has five goals and four assists on the season for 14 points. Senior forward Andres Vargas and junior midfielder Nick Matthews both have 11 points on the year apiece. The Red Storm has balanced scoring with 13 different players notching a point. In the net is junior Rafael Diaz who has played all 1610:00 minutes this season with 53 saves and eight shutouts on the year.
Georgetown is 4-18-3 all-time against the Red Storm, and 8-17-4 in BIG EAST Tournament play. At home, GU has a mark of 3-2-1 in conference tournament matches. The last meeting with St. John's was a year ago in New York in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament where the Hoyas fell, 2-1. The last meeting at North Kehoe Field was in 2006 where the Blue & Gray lost by a score of 5-2.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at North Kehoe Field. Live stats and a webcast featuring Dan Helfrich and Tom Greaser will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.