WASHINGTON – Georgetown (18-3-2) kept its season alive on Sunday tying Syracuse 1-1 at North Kehoe Field and advancing to the national quarterfinals penalty kicks with a 4-2 decision. Freshman forward Brandon Allen scored the tying goal in the 85th minute and Georgetown performed in PK’s to advance to the quarters for the first time in program history.
“Once again the guys that step up and make your plays are the ones you expect,” Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese said. “There’s so much fight in them, there’s no quit and I don’t think there was ever panic. There was urgency, but there was never panic and I don’t think they would have stopped believing until the final horn sounded. That’s a credit to these guys not to panic or allow their season to slip away.”
In the 29th minute, Syracuse took a long free kick from the left side. Jordan Murrell’s serve was right to the head of Jordan Vale who redirected it into the left corner to make it 1-0.
After trailing for much of the contest, the equalizer came from Allen after a scramble in front of the net. Georgetown had dominated possession throughout the game but struggled to find the back of the cage. Allen’s goal came as time was winding down and it seemed as if the season may be over for the Blue & Gray.
After scoring the equalizer, Georgetown couldn’t score in the two overtime periods, ending the game in a tie at one and moving to penalty kicks to determine which team would advance.
The Hoyas were previously 0-for-3 on penalty kicks, but had a strong showing with all four shooters scoring including junior forward Steve Neumann, senior midfielder Ian Christianson, senior midfielder Andy Riemer and senior defender Jimmy Nealis.
On the other side of the ball, Syracuse missed its first and made the next two before sophomore goalkeeper Tomas Gomez came up with a huge save on the fourth to seal it for the Blue & Gray.
The stats told the story of the game with the Hoyas outshooting the Orange 21-5 and taking nine corner kicks to Syracuse’s three. Bono made eight saves in the net, while Gomez tallied one.
The last time GU went into PK’s in the NCAA tournament, the Hoyas failed to advance after a scoreless game at UNC in 2010. This will be the program’s first trip to the quarterfinals with the previous best being a stop in the Round of 16.