GEORGETOWN PRESS CONFERENCE
MARQUETTE PRESS CONFERENCE
Chester, Pa. – BIG EAST Rookie of the Year Brandon Allen netted the game-winning goal of the BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Championship semifinal between No. 2 seed Georgetown (17-2-1) and No. 4 seed Marquette (16-3-1) with 59 seconds remaining in the second overtime to advance the Hoyas to the title game by a score of 2-1. Junior Steve Neumann sent a corner and Allen fired it in to the net to break a 1-1 double-overtime tie at PPL Park in the first semifinal of the BIG EAST Championship on Nov. 9.
Georgetown will play the winner of the second semifinal between top-seeded Connecticut and No. 3 seed Notre Dame. All four semifinalists came from the Blue Division.
As time wound down with a scoreless game heading into halftime, Neumann scored in the 45th minute, with only 23 seconds remaining. He took a cross from senior Jimmy Nealis and fired from the right side across the goal into the left corner.
Marquette tied the game in the 57th minute as redshirt-junior Adam Lysak executed a give-and-go with junior Bryan Ciesiulka. Lysak netted the equalizer into the bottom right corner past the diving Georgetown goalkeeper Tomas Gomez.
With only 30 seconds off the clock in overtime, Ciesiulka tried to give MU the win, but his shot sailed high.
“I 100-percent expected it to go to penalty kicks,” said Georgetown head coach Brian Wiese. “This was as taxing as any game we’ve played all season and that’s a credit to Marquette.”
“[In the final] You have one of the best teams in the country either way,” said Wiese. “It’s been what this league is about all season. We only have two losses thia season and the two teams playing in the second semifinal are the teams we lost to. It’s a chance for us to get another crack at either team.
GU held the edge in shots 20-17 and corner kicks 7-5. Gomez made six saves, while Marquette goalkeeper Charlie Lyon made four saves.
Marquette defeated Cincinnati 3-0 in the first round and the top seed from the Red Division, Louisville, 2-1 in the quarterfinals to reach PPL. The Golden Eagles, ranked No. 10 in the NSCAA national poll, opened the season with a 12-game winning streak.
Georgetown clinched a share of the BIG EAST Blue Division regular season title and captured a No. 2 seed, earning a bye to the quarterfinals, where the Hoyas defeated St. John’s 2-1. The Hoyas, ranked No. 4 in the NSCAA national poll, are on a seven-game winning streak.
“Congratulations to Georgetown,” said Marquette head coach Louis Bennett. “What a great college game we were a part of. I couldn’t be prouder of the progress we are making as a program. I’m proud of the product the BIG EAST could put out.”
The title game will be played on Sunday, Nov. 11 at noon.