Nov. 23, 2013
WASHINGTON - The sixth-seeded Georgetown University men's soccer team will host the Old Dominion University Monarchs on Sunday in an NCAA Tournament second round game at 1 p.m., at Shaw Field. The Hoyas received the sixth overall seed in the tournament of 48 where the top 16 teams are seeded and receive a first-round bye. This marks the squad's third tournament berth in four seasons.
The Hoyas are 13-4-2 on the season winning a share of the BIG EAST Regular Season Championship for the third time in four years. Georgetown went to the BIG EAST Championship Semifinal at PPL Park where the Hoyas tied fourth-seeded Providence in double overtime, 0-0, but failed to advance in penalty kicks. Along the way, the Hoyas have had impressive milestones including setting the new program record for season shutouts with 13. Additionally, junior goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo/Webster Groves) set the record for career shutouts (25) and season shutouts (11).
The Blue & Gray has been in the national polls for the entire season. Last week, the team was No. 7 in the NSCAA poll, No. 4 in TopDrawerSoccer.com's poll and No. 7 in the NCAA's last RPI.
The Hoyas have received a number of accolades this season with the squad earned four of the BIG EAST's top awards. Senior forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) was named the Offensive Player of the Year, senior midfielder Joey Dillon (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) was the co-Midfielder of the Year and Gomez was named the co-Goalkeeper of the Year. Additionally, Head Coach Brian Wiese and his staff were named the conference's Coaching Staff of the Year.
Neumann, Dillon and Gomez, along with sophomore forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph's) all earned First Team All-BIG EAST, while sophomore defender Keegan Rosenberry (Ronks, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) earned a spot on the second team.
Additionally, midfielder Bakie Goodman (Sarasota, Fla./Pine View School for the Gifted), midfielder Alex Muyl (New York, N.Y./Bard) and defender Joshua Yaro (Santa Barbara, Calif./Cate School) were all placed on the BIG EAST All-Rookie Squad.
Georgetown's NCAA Tournament berth is the third under Wiese. The Hoyas have been to the tournament on four previous occasions. Last season, the squad was the national runner up falling to Indiana, 1-0, in the national championship game. Prior to last year, the program had never moved beyond the second round of the tournament with previous appearances in 1997 and 1994. The Hoyas are 4-3-3 overall in the NCAA Tournament.
Neumann 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 Muyl has three goals and a team-high nine assists for 15 points.
Gomez has a record 11 shutouts on the season, while the Hoyas have a program-record 13 overall. The junior has tallied 59 saves so far this year.
ODU advanced to the next round with a 5-1 victory over CAA champion Drexel Thursday night. The Monarchs have reached the NCAA tournament four straight years and 10 of the last 12 under head coach Alan Dawson. This is the eighth trip to the second round.
Old Dominion senior forward Tim Hopkinson, the C-USA Offensive Player of the Year leads the league in both total goals with 12 and total points with 28. He currently ranks 11th national in total goals and 15th nationally in total points. Hopkinson is ODU's fourth all-time leader in career goals with 33 and third all-time scorer with 87 career points.
Additionally, three Monarchs earned C-USA All-Conference honors this season. Senior co-captains Tim Hopkinson and Jason Gaylord were named first team and senior goalkeeper Sean Stowe was selected to the second team. Freshmen Jesse Miralrio and Cole Stringer were named to the All-Rookie team.
Georgetown is 1-3 all-time against the Monarchs. The Hoyas are 1-2 at home including a 3-2 victory in 1998. The last meeting was in the District of Colombia in 2001 where the Monarchs came out on top, 2-1. They have never met in the postseason, although the teams did see each other in an exhibition game earlier this season.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Shaw Field. Live stats and a free webcast featuring Dan Helfrich and Tom Greaser will be available at www.GUHoyas.com. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $5.