Nov. 30, 2013
WASHINGTON - The sixth-seeded Georgetown University men's soccer team will host the 11th-seeded Michigan State University Spartans on Sunday in an NCAA Tournament Third 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.
Georgetown advanced in the NCAA Tournament with a 3-0 victory over Old Dominion University last Sunday at Shaw Field. The Hoyas scored early on a goal from sophomore defender Cole Seiler (Anderson, S.C./Christ Church Episcopal School) in the 12th minute. Despite the Monarchs coming back firing, the defense stayed solid to keep it scoreless.
The Blue & Gray got some breathing room in the 60th minute. Sophomore defender Josh Turnley (Beaver, Pa./Beaver Area) sent a beautiful ball to freshman midfielder Bakie Goodman (Sarasota, Fla./Pine View School for the Gifted) at the near post. Goodman blew by his defender to shoot to the far post making it 2-0.
As the game got more physical and with the clocking winding down, Georgetown managed one more goal. Sophomore forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph's) passed it to freshman midfielder Alex Muyl (New York, N.Y./Bard) who finished perfectly past the keeper for the third goal and the 3-0 decision which would stand. The win was GU's 14th shutout of the season and it was ODU's first road loss of the year.
The Hoyas are 14-4-2 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 14. Additionally, junior goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo/Webster Groves) set the record for career shutouts (26) and season shutouts (12).
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 Allen all earned First Team All-BIG EAST, while sophomore defender Keegan Rosenberry (Ronks, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) earned a spot on the second team.
Additionally, Goodman, Muyl 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 5-3-3 overall in the NCAA Tournament.
Allen leads the team in scoring with 27 points on 11 goals and five assists. Neumann is second with 10 goals and six assists for 26 points, while Muyl has four goals and a team-high nine assists for 17 points.
11th-seeded Michigan State (13-5-3) is making its 16th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, and sixth in the last seven years. Amid 20 degree temperatures and 11 mph winds, Michigan State kept its season alive in dramatic fashion, scoring late into double overtime to advance past Louisville 1-0 in the NCAA Tournament Second Round last Sunday. Junior Tim Kreutz' header 6:29 into the second OT advanced the Spartans. It marked MSU's seventh double-overtime game of the season.
Georgetown is 2-0 all-time against the Spartans. The Hoyas won the last meeting, 2-1, in double overtime in East Lansing, Mich., during the 2011 season. Ian Christianson scored in the 108th minute for the victory in the physical game. The previous season, the squads met in the District where the Blue & Gray came away with the 4-0 win. Neumann and Gabe Padilla (Sacramento, Calif./Jesuit) both tallied goal in that contest.
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.