Nov. 8, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer squad will travel to PPL Park in Chester, Pa., on Friday for a 5 p.m., matchup with the Marquette University Golden Eagles in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament. The game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network with Jason Knapp and Shep Messing on the call.
The Hoyas are coming off of a 2-1 victory over the St. John's University Red Storm in the tournament's quarterfinals. Junior forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) scored in the 26th minute, but the Red Storm countered with a penalty kick at 47:25. In the 66th minute, freshman forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph's) scored the game winner in a scramble in front of the net to make it 2-1 and send the Hoyas to the semifinals for the first time since 2004.
Georgetown is 16-2-1 on the season and finished 6-2-0 in BIG EAST play. Leading the way for Georgetown is Allen who has 26 points with 12 goals including eight game winners as well as two assists. Neumann has 22 points with six 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 13 games with 46 saves and six shutouts to his credit.
Marquette matched a school record by picking up its 16th win of the season Saturday with a 2-1 decision at Louisville in the BIG EAST quarterfinals. The Golden Eagles are led offensively by senior striker Andy Huftalin who has had a breakthrough season with a team-high 24 points, including a team-best 10 goals and four game-winners. Redshirt freshman Axel Sjoberg has scored in each of the last four matches, giving the 6-foot-7 central defender two goals this postseason and eight goals overall. Redshirt sophomore Charlie Lyon has started every match at goalkeeper and is among the conference leaders in GAA (0.71) and shutouts (10).
Georgetown is 7-1-0 all-time against the Golden Eagles. This season, the Hoyas downed MU, 2-1, at home snapping a 12-game win streak for the Golden Eagles. Senior Tommy Muller (Altamonte Springs, Fla./Trinity Prep) scored early and despite tying it in teh first, Neumann managed the unassisted goal to win. Last year, the Hoyas won, 3-2, in Milwaukee as Neumann hit goals in the 80th and 84th minutes to capture the victory.
Georgetown is 9-17-4 all-time in the BIG EAST Tournament and is 3-6 in the semifinals. This will be the first time the Hoyas and Golden Eagles will meet in the postseason. It is also the first trip to the semifinals for Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. The last time Georgetown advanced this far was during the 2004 season.
There is only one team that comes back after reaching the semifinals last year. In 2011, the last four teams standing were Connecticut, Louisville, St. John's and Villanova. The Huskies reached the final, where they fell 1-0 to St. John's. All four of the teams this year are from the Blue Division.
The games were originally scheduled for the New York Red Bull's Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., however, poor weather conditions for the conference to move the event to PPL Park, home of the Philadelphia Union of the MLS.
The Hoyas will play in the first game which will kick off at 5 p.m. ET. Fans can watch live on CBS Sports Network or listen to alum Dan Helfrich at www.GUHoyas.com.
The winner of Friday's game will face the winner of top-seeded Connecticut and third-seeded Notre Dame on Sunday at noon at PPL Park.
For ticket or championship information, fans can visit the BIG EAST's Championship Central.