Top-Seeded Hoyas Face Providence in BIG EAST Semifinal
Nov. 14, 2013
WASHINGTON – The No. 7 Georgetown University men's soccer squad (13-4-1, 6-2-1 BIG EAST) will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., to face the fourth-seeded Providence College Friars in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship at PPL Park on Friday at 6 p.m. The Hoyas go into the game as the top seed in the tournament after winning a share of the BIG EAST Regular Season Championship.
Last week, GU downed Villanova, 1-0, to clinch the BIG EAST Regular Season Championship and earn the top seed in the conference tournament. Sophomore forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph's) scored his 11th goal of the season in the victory and junior goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) helped the squad to the 12th shutout of the season. Both were named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for their efforts. The Hoyas earned a bye to the BIG EAST Championship semifinals.
Senior captain Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) leads the team in scoring with 26 points on 10 goals and six assists. Allen is second with 11 goals and three assists for 25 points, while freshman Alex Muyl (New York, N.Y./Bard) has three goals and a team-high nine assists for 15 points.
Gomez has a record 10 shutouts on the season, while the Hoyas have a program-record 12 overall. The junior has tallied 52 saves so far this year.
The Friars (12-4-2, 6-3-0) hosted Creighton in the first BIG EAST quarterfinal matchon Tuesday in Providence, R.I. With a minute remaining in the first half, the Friars gained control of the ball in the midfield. With the half coming to a close, junior Markus Naglestad fed senior Wilder Arboleda a pass that he struck from the top of the 18 yard box. Arboleda’s strike beat Creighton’s keeper to the far side and reached the back of the net to give the Friars a 1-0 advantage heading into the break (44:50). The strike marked Arboleda’s third goal of the season.
Georgetown is 13-12-1 all-time against the Friars, and 4-5 all-time under Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. Earlier this year, the Hoyas downed the Friars, 1-0, in Rhode Island. Freshman Bakie Goodman (Sarasota, Fla./Pine View School for the Gifted) scored the game winner in the 69th minute for the victory. Georgetown is 1-1 all time in the BIG EAST Championship against the Friars. GU won, 1-0, in double overtime in a quarterfinal in 1998, but fell, 2-1, in 2010.
Georgetown is 10-18-4 all-time in the BIG EAST Tournament and is 4-6 in the semifinals. This is the second trip to the semifinals for Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. Last year they defeated Marquette, 2-1, in double overtime.
Kickoff on Friday at PPL Park is scheduled for 6 p.m. Live stats and a webcast featuring Dan Helfrich and Tom Greaser will be available at www.BIGEAST.com.