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December 7, 2012
HOLDING STRONG
Georgetown tops Maryland, 4-3, on PKs

By Kathryn L. Knapp
Contributing Editor

Steve Neumann registered a hattrick, but Georgetown was still forced to pks in order to beat Maryland.
Steve Neumann registered a hattrick, but Georgetown was still forced to pks in order to beat Maryland.
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HOOVER, Ala. – The No. 2 seed vs. the No. 3 seed is always a good match. Friday’s match between No. 2 seed Maryland and No. 3 seed Georgetown didn’t disappoint. While Georgetown controlled most of the match, Maryland snuck back in there with three second-half goals, pushing for the win. But it was the Georgetown Hoyas who advanced topping Maryland 4-3 on penalty kicks.

Georgetown made its College Cup debut, earning its first College Cup win, while the Terrapins were there for the 12th time in program history.

“When you’re up 3-1 or 4-2 against Maryland, you’re never secure with that,” Georgetown head coach Brian Wiese said. “Maryland has 18 or 20 guys who are dangerous. The best way not to let them score is to have the ball. We tried to do that.”

Maryland struck first in the 22nd minute when Schillo Tshuma headed the ball past Georgetown keeper Tomas Gomez and into the net for a 1-0 advantage.

But 11 minutes later, the Hoyas took charge. Steve Neumann netted back-to-back goals giving the Hoyas a 2-1 advantage at the half. Ian Christanson headed the ball into the box in the 33rd minute. Neumann finished it off. One minute later, Keegan Rosenbury passed the ball to Neumann, who rocketed the shot into the net.

Just three minutes into the second half, Georgetown took a commanding 3-1 lead with Brandon Allen finding the back of the net. But Maryland didn’t give up easily. Tshuma recorded his second of the night in the 59th minute. But Neumann answered him two minutes later, with his third of the night for a 4-2 advantage.

“I haven’t scored a hat trick yet in a college game,” Neumann said. “It’s a good time to get one. You always dream about having games like this.”

Patrick Mullins took advantage of some confusion in the box heading in a goal with just over 16 minutes left in the match, cutting the Hoyas lead to just one goal. A run seconds later was broken up by Gomez who grabbed the ball and stopped Maryland’s push. Not for long however. Cristiano Francois drilled the ball into the net, tying the game at 4-4 in the 77th minute.

With just under 2 minutes of regulation, a Maryland corner kick landed in the box. Mullins got a foot on it, but it was blocked by the Hoyas defense and finally cleared.

A shot by Andy Reimer just skimmed outside the left post. Gomez caught the follow-up corner kick. Just before time ran out Georgetown’s Allen blasted another attempt at goal. Maryland goalkeeper Keith Cardona grabbed it, sending the game into overtime.

Maryland had the first attempt of OT, sending the ball wide left. Francois had another attempt for the Terps with under 20 seconds left in the first OT, sneaking up behind and rocketing a shot directly at target. Gomez punched it over the net for a corner kick.

Fighting for possession of the ball in the remainder of overtime, neither team found the back of the net, sending the game into penalty kicks.

In penalty kicks, it was Georgetown who fought back. Both teams netted their first attempt. But on the second Hoya attempt, Cardona blocked it for the save. Maryland scored its second and third. Georgetown scored the third and fourth. Gomez stopped the fourth Maryland attempt. The Hoyas drilled in their final attempt. And then Maryland’s Helge Leikvang stepped up to the line. He shot it lower right. Gomez blocked it for the save and the Georgetown win.

“We’re a great attacking team and a great defensive team,” Maryland head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “Tonight we made some mistakes that were a bit uncharacteristic. Georgetown punished us. Today you were able to see the beauty of this game and you were able to see the cruelty.”

Georgetown advances to face the winner of Indiana-Creighton, Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ET.

 
 
 
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