Dec. 6, 2012
HOOVER, Ala. - The Georgetown University men's soccer team had a big day as the squad prepared for the semifinals of the 2012 College Cup on Friday. The Hoyas participated in media availability before attending a banquet where the Blue & Gray won both awards on the evening celebrating both brains and brawn. The Hoyas will face the University of Maryland on Friday at 5 p.m. ET, the game will be televised live on ESPNU.
Junior goalkeeper Keon Parsa (West Hills, Calif./El Camino Real) was recognized as the Elite89 Award winner for the 2012 College Cup. The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers.
The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.
Parsa is a biology major who has had a number of accomplishments both on and off the field. This season, the goalkeeper has appeared in seven games with six starts and 31 saves to his credit. He also has three shutouts on the season.
No Georgetown student-athlete has ever won this award.
The banquet also featured the Inaugural College Cup Foosball Tournament. The bracket mirrored Friday's games with each team providing two players.
Senior defender Tommy Muller (Altamonte Springs, Fla./Trinity Prep) and junior forward Gabe Padilla (Sacramento, Calif./Jesuit) represented Georgetown and defeated a team from Maryland before downing the duo from Creighton University to take the foosball title.
Earlier in the day, the Hoyas had practice before a walk through and media availability at Regions Park.
Georgetown (19-3-2) advanced to its first College Cup in program history with a 3-1 victory over the University of San Diego on Saturday at North Kehoe Field. The Toreros jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, but an own goal evened the score. Freshman forward Melvin Snoh (Coatesville, Pa./Malvern Prep) scored the game winner in the 73rd minute and senior midfielder Andy Riemer (McLean, Va./Georgetown Prep) added an insurance goal in the 88th minute.
The Hoyas have only been to four NCAA Tournaments including 1994, 1997 and 2010 and prior to this season had not made it past the Sweet 16. Already this season, the Blue & Gray has set the new program record for wins in a season with 19.
Junior forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) is one of 15 finalists for the top award in college soccer, the MAC Hermann Trophy. The announcement will be made following the national championship game on Sunday.
The Terps (20-1-2) avenged their 2011 postseason loss to Louisville with a 3-1 win Saturday over the No. 10 seeded Cardinals in the quarterfinals at Ludwig Field. London Woodberry, Jake Pace and Patrick Mullins tallied goals for Maryland, which leads the nation in scoring with 2.61 goals per match.
The Hoyas are 0-27 all-time against the Terps falling in the last meeting in 2010 by a score of 2-1.
Friday's game is scheduled to kick off at 5 p.m. ET. The contest can be watched live on ESPNU or WatchESPN.com with Glenn Davis and Taylor Twellman on the call. Fans can listen to Dan Helfrich and Tom Greaser as well as follow the live stats through GUHoyas.com.