Aug. 31, 2012
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WASHINGTON - The No. 21/21 Georgetown University men's soccer team managed a 1-0 victory over the Cal State Northridge Matadors (2-1) on Friday afternoon at North Kehoe Field. The win was the Hoyas' third straight as the squad improved to 3-0 on the season.
"You're going to have stretches where you're doing well and you're going to have stretches where the other team has got some of the game and you have to be resilient enough to handle those stretches," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "It was a little bit of luck, but we also tightened our belts and the last 20 minutes of the game we played how we like it to be."
Georgetown looked to be the better team in the first half possessing the ball for much of the opening 20 minutes.
The Hoyas had a number of chances to start the contest, and finally got on the board in the 26th minute. Freshman midfielder Keegan Rosenberry (Ronks, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) passed the ball into the box on the ground from the right side. Classmate Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph) slid toward the goal and got a foot on the ball past the keeper to make it 1-0.
Georgetown stayed strong through the first half as the teams went into the break with the Blue & Gray leading by one.
The Matadors came out firing in the second half to put the pressure on the Hoya defense.
Five minutes into the second half, Cal State Northridge fired, hitting the post and the rebound was cleared resulting in a corner kick. The kick went into the box and a header went wide as the Matadors were surging.
Georgetown answered with a solid shot from sophomore midfielder Tyler Rudy (Olney, Md./Sherwood) who hit the far post. However, minutes later, Cal State Northridge had three looks in a row. A shot hit the bar and off of the rebound, the header went wide. Off of the ensuing play, the Matadors hit a long chip that went high.
Following CSN's barrage of shots, the Hoyas regrouped and slowed the pace of the game. Senior midfielder Ian Christianson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Christian Life) had a close call as his shot went just right and Allen served it in with 26 minutes remaining in the game as junior forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) slid to the goal and just missed the insurance goal.
With time ticking away, the Blue & Gray managed to hold onto the ball to make the final 1-0 and win its third-consecutive game.
Georgetown outshot Cal State Northridge, 14-10, and took 11 corner kicks to CSN's three. Sophomore goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) took the win the net with four saves on the afternoon.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Sunday as the squad hosts Penn State on Sunday at 1 p.m., at North Kehoe Field. A webcast featuring Dan Helfrich and live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
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