MEN'S SOCCER | GU Plays For Points at Home
Published: Friday, October 4, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 4, 2013 02:10
Hot off their 1-0 win against Washington, D.C. rival American on Tuesday, the No. 11 Georgetown men’s soccer team (7-2-1, 0-0-1 Big East) prepares to take on the Seton Hall Pirates (3-4-2, 0-1-0 Big East) Saturday at 1 p.m. on Shaw Field. After completing the non-conference portion of their schedule with their victory on Tuesday, the Hoyas head into their second Big East conference game of the year in front of their home crowd, where they boast a 4-1-1 record.
Led by keeper Tomas Gomez, who was named Big East goalkeeper of the week following his dominant, six-save, double-overtime performance against No. 3 Creighton last Saturday, the Blue and Gray look to continue the success they have had in conference play dating back to last season, when they finished with a Big East record of 6-2-0 en route to a national runner-up finish in the 2012 College Cup.
This was not Gomez’s first time receiving the award, however. He has earned this weekly award twice before as a result of his outstanding efforts behind the net.
“I think of it more as a team award. I really didn’t have to do anything spectacular. It’s a stat award, but it is really all about the team,” Gomez said.
The Pirates come into Saturday riding a four game losing streak, including a loss to conference rival Providence, but that is not going to alter the Hoyas’ preparation.
“Every game is a big game,” Gomez said. “We just got to take it game by game.”
Head Coach Brian Wiese echoed Gomez’s comments about the focus his team needs to have come Saturday.
“Every game has a large stake in regards to the RPI, conference or non-conference, but the start of the conference season is kind of a rebirth — everything is up for grabs.”
Wiese emphasized the importance of winning games in conference play to gain higher seeding in postseason play.
“Every point matters. You want to take three points every game,” Wiese said.
For a team that is supposedly focusing on one game at a time, the Hoyas have certainly given a lot of thought to the postseason.
“Hopefully we can get a one or two seed in the tournament, that’s always the goal,” Gomez said.
Entering the conference portion of the season brings an added challenge for Georgetown, as the Big East boasts some of the best soccer teams in the nation. The last time they faced off against Seton Hall was certainly a memorable day as the Hoyas defeated them 1-0 on senior day last Oct. 27, and, in doing so, won their second Big East Blue Division championship in three seasons. The Hoyas look to emulate the success they had on that day when they outshot the Pirates 25-9.
“The mentality has to be that we have to get three points [against Seton Hall], but we have to be ready because this league is just too good the coaches are just too good, and the coaches are just too good to do otherwise,” Wiese said.
The Hoyas hit the road following their contest on Saturday, with upcoming matchups at both Providence and Xavier next week before facing Butler at home on Saturday, Oct. 19.