Dec. 10, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer team was welcomed back to campus on Monday after its historic run to the 2012 College Cup and the national championship game. The team returned from Hoover, Ala., to students, staff, faculty and alumni on Healy Lawn.
"When we got back to the hotel on Friday late that night, one of the guys forwarded a link that had footage of you guys here on campus watching the game and celebrating as Tomas made that save to win us the game, and bedlam," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "It was one of those things where I actually got a little teary because we really understood what it meant to be part of this community and part of the Georgetown family."
The Hoyas put together a historic season going 19-4-3, and advancing to the national championship where the team fell, 1-0, to Indiana University. Along the way, the 2012 team advanced further than any team in program history, won the BIG EAST Blue Division Regular Season, made it to the BIG EAST Tournament Championship and set a new record for wins in a season.
The run to the national championship captured the attention of campus in the midst of preparations for final exams.
Joining Wiese to address the crowd was University President John J. DeGioia and Director of Athletics Lee Reed.
"To our young men, to our coaches, we're proud of the way you conducted yourselves both on the field and in the classroom and in representing Georgetown beyond these gates," said DeGioia. "You represent the very best in Georgetown's tradition in the continual pursuit of excellence in all spheres of your lives. You've shown the nation just what it means to wear the Blue & Gray."
"Long before we got to Hoover, Ala., this group has been together and has fought hard and has worked extremely hard to get here," said Reed. "You don't get here by yourself, you don't do this alone, it takes truly a community. This is a win, this is a success, this is a celebration for the entire Georgetown community."
Captains Tommy Muller (Altamonte Springs, Fla./Trinity Prep) and Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) spoke, thanking the crowd for their support during the postseason noting the many well wishes coming in through social media especially following the College Cup semifinal against local-rival the University of Maryland where the Blue & Gray advanced in penalty kicks.
"On behalf of the team we just want to thank all of you guys for your love and support, it's been amazing throughout the postseason," said Muller.
Neumann added, "It's hard to put into words what your support has meant to us in this run I think it played a huge role in our successes this year."
The season comes to a close for the men's soccer team but it will be remembered as the best in program history.
Wiese summed it up saying, "President DeGioia said we're proud to wear the Blue & Gray, I'd like to go one step further, we're proud to bleed Blue & Gray."