Nov. 18, 2010

Courtesy of Georgetown Athletics

The Georgetown University men's soccer team (12-6-1) defeated the UNC Greensboro Spartans (12-6-4), 3-0, Thursday afternoon at North Kehoe Field in the opening round of 2010 NCAA Division I Championship. The Hoyas will move on to play UNC-Chapel Hill on Sunday at 6 p.m., in the second round of the championship.

"UNC Greensboro is a great side who hadn't been beat in 11 games and was a conference champ, so for our boys to get a result against a good team is an achievement," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "Games like this are what the NCAA Tournament is about, it's the best of the best playing each other."

Georgetown shot early and often to open the game as the Hoyas had a number of good looks at the net. In the ninth minute, the Blue & Gray had two shots blocked when the second deflected to senior forward Jose Colchao (Fairfax, Va./Lake Braddock Secondary School). Colchao tapped it to sophomore midfielder Ian Christianson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Christian Life) who had a soft finish to make It 1-0.

The Hoyas continued to fire with keeper Peyton Ford making a number of big saves. In the 21st minute, GU made it 2-0 as senior Seth C'deBaca (Albuquerque, N.M./Sandia Prep) lofted the ball into the box and sophomore Andy Riemer (McLean, Va./Georgetown Prep), who had been active all day, headed it into the net.

"It was nice to see Andy get that goal because he really deserved it," said Wiese. "He had been active all day and created a number of chances."

The Spartans had life in them to start the second half, but after 15 minutes the squads settled in and Georgetown continued to control the flow of play. Finally in the 83rd minute, Georgetown scored its security goal when Colchao sent a ball down the field and senior Chandler Diggs (Coppell, Texas/Coppell) had a textbook finish to make the final, 3-0.

The Hoyas outshot the Spartans, 25-11, and took five corner kicks. Ford had eight saves on the day while Georgetown keeper Matthew Brutto (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) notched six.

Georgetown will face UNC on Sunday in the second-round game. The fourth-seeded Tar Heels were awarded a first-round bye. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m., in Chapel Hill, N.C. Live stats and a web broadcast will be available.