In its first College Cup appearance in program history, the Georgetown men’s soccer team advanced past No. 2 seed Maryland on penalty kicks after a 4-4 double-overtime draw at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala., on Dec. 7. The Hoyas advance to the NCAA title game, where they will face Indiana, the winner of the second semifinal.
The Hoyas were led by junior Steve Neumann, who had a hat trick in the game, scoring three of the Hoyas’ four goals. Freshman Brandon Allen, the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, scored the other goal for Georgetown.
“It’s a great result for us,” said Georgetown head coach Brian Wiese. “People who haven’t been following us may have been surprised, but these guys have been doing this all year long. What this team has shown through the year is that they will do whatever they have to in order to get the result.”
Despite Georgetown controlling possession for a good portion of the first half, Maryland struck first on a header by Schillo Tshuma in the 22nd minute.
GU junior Steve Neumann scored his eighth and ninth goals of the season in the first half to put the Hoyas ahead 2-1 going into the break.
He scored in the 33rd minute first goal off assists from senior Jimmy Nealis and sophomore Tyler Rudy. Nealis sent a cross over from the left side that was headed by Rudy to Neumann, who found the back of the net to knot the game.
Just a little over a minute later, Neumann gave the Hoyas their first lead off an assist from freshman Keegan Rosenberry. His shot came from 28-yards out and fired off the right post into the net.
Not even four minutes into the second half, Allen cushioned the Georgetown lead, taking a clear from the Maryland goalkeeper and netting it from eight yards out.
Tshuma scored again for Maryland in the 59th minute to bring it to a one-goal lead for GU, but Neumann scored in the 61st minute off an assist from senior Andy Riemer to make it a 4-2 Georgetown lead.
Maryland tied up the game with two goals in a four-minute span, sending the game to overtime. The combined eight goals in a game tied for the second highest total in a College Cup contest.
Sophomore goalkeeper Tomas Gomez, who had a 0.74 goals-against average heading into the College Cup, made two big saves on penalty kicks to help the Hoyas advance to the title game.
The third-seeded Hoyas are 20-1-3 overall, with the 20 wins setting a program record.
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.
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.
At the NCAA banquet honoring the four College Cup teams on Dec. 6, junior goalkeeper Keon Parsa was honored with the Elite 89 Award, honoring the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships. 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.