Sept. 17, 2014
Box ScorePRINCETON, N.J. -
The No. 13 Georgetown University men's soccer squad used a second-half goal explosion to down the Princeton University Tigers (1-2-1), 3-1, at Roberts Stadium Wednesday evening in Princeton, N.J. After trailing in the first, the offense dominated in the second half to improve to 3-1-3 on the season.
"When you go down, you have to believe you'll win the game and I told the team at halftime that they were going to win the game," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "It was just a matter of not panicking on what you're doing. I was really proud of the boys, they kept their wits about them, they kept to the plan and we won."
Princeton had the first chance at the goal with a long shot, but senior goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) managed the save. The Hoyas came back as senior midfielder Austin Martz (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) caught the Tigers on the far post, but keeper Ben Hummel made an incredible goal-line save to keep it scoreless.
Martz continued to give the defense problems as he pulled Hummel out of the net. However, the keeper recovered just in time to stop a shot from sophomore forward Alex Muyl (New York, N.Y./Bard). Muyl followed that up with another laser at the net as the Hoyas looked dangerous.
The Blue & Gray dominated possession in the first as senior midfielder Tyler Rudy (Olney, Md./Sherwood) hit one just over the crossbar as the Hoyas searched for the back of the net with 15 minutes remaining in the half.
Despite looking dangerous, the Tigers took advantage of one of their few chances and a crafty cross allowed Cameron Porter to get the shot off past Gomez to make it 1-0 in the 36th minute.
Georgetown held possession, but went into the break trailing, 1-0.
Two early corner kicks gave GU chances as junior forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph) had a shot stopped from close range. Despite frustrations, the Hoyas kept pressing and the tide turned in just a two-minute span.
Allen finally found the back of the net in the 61st minute as he got a long pass from Muyl who had received it from sophomore defender Joshua Yaro (Santa Barbara, Calif./Cate School) on the right side. Allen barreled into the box and put it on his left foot to shoot it into the far corner to tie it at one.
The Blue & Gray didn't have to wait long to take the lead when Rudy had an opening in the run of play. The Tigers' header, in an attempt to clear, was intercepted by GU in the 63rd minute. Rudy took his opportunity to shoot into the top right corner from outside the box giving Georgetown the 2-1 lead.
The offense kept clicking in the second half as Martz tallied his first-career goal on a brilliant combination. Sophomore midfielder Bakie Goodman (Sarasota, Fla./Pine View School for the Gifted) passed it to Muyl who sent it across the box and Martz was able to get past his defender for a low shot into the back of the net to give the Blue & Gray the one-goal advantage.
Georgetown outshot Princeton, 19-5, and limited the Tigers to no shots in the second half. GU took 10 corner kicks to Princeton's three. Gomez was awarded the win in the net with one save, while Hummel took the loss and tallied 10 saves.
Rudy continued his scoring streak against the Ivy League tallying at least a point against an Ivy League opponent for the fourth-consecutive year.
The Hoyas will return home this weekend as the squad hosts the Tribe from The College of William & Mary at 4 p.m., at Shaw Field. Live stats and a webcast featuring Dan Helfrich and Tom Greaser will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.