Christopher Lema

Men's Soccer

No. 3/3 Men's Soccer Opens the Season in Florida

Aug. 27, 2015

WASHINGTON - The No. 3/3 Georgetown University men's soccer squad will open the 2015 season on Friday evening at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla., Georgetown will follow that up with a contest at the University of South Florida. Both games will have pay-per-view webcasts available through GUHoyas.com.

The Hoyas went 2-1 in preseason play with a 3-0 victory over No. 15/23 Syracuse University as well as a 4-0 win over the No. 2/1 University of Virginia. Georgetown also fell to the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer, 2-1, in its final contest.

The No. 3 Georgetown University men's soccer team tied for first in the BIG EAST Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. In a split vote between the BIG EAST Conference coaches, Creighton and Georgetown were picked to win the league's title. Both the Bluejays and Hoyas tallied 77 points and five first place votes each.

Additionally, junior Joshua Yaro (Santa Barbara, Calif./Cate School) was the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and senior Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph) was named the BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.

The Hoyas had three players named Preseason All-BIG EAST as senior Keegan Rosenberry (Ronks, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) joined Yaro and Allen on the 12-man squad. Georgetown and Creighton were the only teams to have three honorees.

Last season, Allen was named third team All-American and was a first team all-region selection after another impressive campaign. He led the team in scoring with 11 goals and three assists for 25 points on the year. His goals include three game winners and a mark of 3-3 on penalty kicks. He ranked first in the BIG EAST Conference in goals and second in points as well as first in goals per game.

Allen was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 29 and earned two nods to the Weekly Honor Roll. He currently ranks seventh in career points (86), sixth in career goals (38) and has ranked every year on the Hilltop in season goals.

In his career, Allen has been a three-time all-region and All-BIG EAST honoree as well as the national and BIG EAST Freshman of the Year.

Yaro, a 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist, was named First Team All-American and First Team All-Great Lakes Region last season. The 2014 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year was also a unanimous selection to the first team. He was a key part of Georgetown's 10 shutouts in 2014, including a league-best six in the nine conference games played. He also got into the action on offense with an assist coming at Princeton. Yaro earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors on three occasions last season and was a member of the Preseason All-BIG EAST squad. His sophomore year was a breakout season with conference, regional and national honors, marking the first in his career.

Already this season, both Allen and Yaro have been named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List and TopDrawerSoccer.com's Preseason Best XI First Team.

Rosenberry was named Third Team All-Great Lakes Region and to the BIG EAST Second Team for the second-consecutive season at the end of conference play. Rosenberry helped the Hoyas to 10 shutouts including a league-best six in conference play. On offense, he managed a goal at DePaul and an assist in the victory over Wisconsin. Rosenberry was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 13.

Rosenberry and Yaro are two of the four captains for the 2015 season along with Josh Turnley (Beaver, Pa./Beaver Area) and Cole Seiler (Anderson, S.C./Christ Church Episcopal School).

Last year, the Hoyas went into the NCAA Tournament as the eighth overall seed and made it to the quarterfinals before failing to advance in penalty kicks against the University of Virginia, the eventual national champions. Coming off a fifth-straight Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season championship, the FGCU men's soccer team has been installed as the 2015 preseason league favorites.

Additionally, a trio of Eagles were named to the Preseason A-Sun All-Conference Team: Aaron Guillen, Rodrigo Saravia and Albert Ruiz. A senior defender, Guillen was one of just two unanimous selections to the 13-member team, while Saravia and Ruiz helped comprise the list of four midfielders and four forwards, respectively.

Georgetown is 1-0 all-time against the Eagles with the lone victory coming in 2012 at home in a 1-0 victory.

USF is coming off a 2-1 win over cross-town rival Tampa last Saturday night in the team's final exhibition match. The Bulls are picked to finish third in the American Athletic Conference according to the preseason coaches' poll, tying defending league champion Tulsa for the most first-place votes, with three.

Three Bulls earned a spot on the preseason all-conference team, including goalkeeper Spasoje Stefanovic, who was also named preseason goalkeeper of the year. Midfielder Lindo Mfeka and forward Eduardo Maceira rounded out USF's honorees.

The Hoyas are 1-4 all-time against the Bulls and 0-3 on the road. The last meeting was a 2-1 loss in Tampa in the BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinals in 2008 when USF was still in the BIG EAST Conference.

Both matches will be pay-per-view live streamed on GUHoyas.com. Live stats will also be available for both contests. Friday's game will kick off at 7 p.m., and Sunday will begin at 7:30 p.m.

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