No. 3 seed Georgetown University will play for the NCAA men’s soccer title against Indiana on Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. ET at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala. In its first College Cup appearance in program history, the Hoyas advanced past No. 2 seed Maryland on penalty kicks after a 4-4 double-overtime draw in the semifinals.
The BIG EAST has had a record-breaking year in the NCAA tournament, with eight teams being selected to compete. Three of the top four seeds were from the BIG EAST, as No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 4 Connecticut also earned top billing. The league also had five of the top 10 seeds, with No. 7 Marquette and No. 10 Louisville. There were five BIG EAST teams in the round of 16 and three in the Elite Eight.
The Hoyas were led by junior Steve Neumann, who had a hat trick against Maryland, scoring three of the Hoyas’ four goals. Freshman Brandon Allen, the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, scored the other goal for Georgetown.
“The challenge for our guys is just letting go and, as best we can, forgetting about one of the most exciting soccer matches that you can be a part of in the College Cup and shifting gears to total preparations for Indiana, who cause their own sets of problems,” said Georgetown head coach Brian Wiese. “I think the guys had an absolutely terrific performance to get past one of the top teams in the country in Maryland. Now, we have to be able to put that behind us and forget about it and shift gears very quickly to what should be a great game.”
Allen leads the Hoyas with 34 points on 16 goals and two assists. Neumann is second on the team with 33 points on 10 goals and a team-high 13 assists. The two-time All-BIG EAST First Team forward led the Hoyas in scoring with 11 goals and seven assists for 29 points in 2011.
“We’re really excited,” said Indiana head coach Todd Yeagley. “I think we anticipate a great matchup with Georgetown. I thought they were tremendous last night with their effort against one of the most consistent teams in the country in Maryland. Indiana was selected as No. 16 seed.
Georgetown hosted Cinderella-story San Diego in the quarterfinal round on Dec. 1, posting a 3-1 victory. The Hoyas advanced to the quarterfinals on penalty kicks, battling to a double-overtime 1-1 draw against Syracuse on Nov. 25 at home in the third round. GU won the penalty kicks round 4-2 to reach the quarterfinals. The Hoyas third seed in the NCAA Championship gave them a bye to the second round, where they defeated Charlotte 1-0. Georgetown earned a share of the BIG EAST Blue Division regular-season title and reached the BIG EAST Championship game, falling to Notre Dame by one goal in double-overtime.