A strong defense and a veteran goalkeeper should help the BR-2 Georgetown Hoyas in their quest to repeat as Big East Champions this fall. The team is poised not just to repeat in the Big East, but return to the NCAA final, where in 2012 they fell to the Indiana Hoosiers, 1-0.
So far in 2014, the Hoyas have an overall record of 6-1-4, 1-0-1 in the Big East. The slate thus far includes a key win against Butler plus a victory over local rival (and last year’s NCAA runner-up) Maryland. The Hoyas have also fought to draws against the last two NCAA champions Indiana and Notre Dame; plus a tie against Big East contender Marquette.
The team’s lone setback is a disappointing 2-1 OT loss to Virginia Commonwealth. The Hoyas had plenty of chances against the Rams, but only forward Brandon Allen would connect on the day, putting the Hoyas up in the 50th minute.
The Rams would equalize in the 79th minute and scored a 100th minute winner off a breakaway that forced goalkeeper Tomas Gomez off his line.
Gomez, senior has seldom been out of position as the Hoya keeper. He is the Hoyas career shutout leader, and last season he helped the Hoyas led the nation in shutout percentage at 0.67. He posted shutouts in five of Georgetown’s final seven games in 2013. This year, Gomez owns a sterling 0.50 goals against average with six clean sheets. If that isn’t enough, he is also All-Big East Academic last year.
Helping earn the shutouts for G-Town are defenders Jared Rist and Joshua Yaro. A 5-11 163-pound sophomore from Ghana via Santa Barbara, Calif., Yaro often marks the top players in the nation. He has twice been named Big East Defender of the Week this season.
A Big East All-Rookie team selection last year, Yaro saved a shot off the line in a thrilling double-overtime goalless draw with Notre Dame at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic in August. In the opening game of the same tournament, he shut down Maryland’s Hermann Trophy-candidate Dan Metzger.
Offensively, the Hoyas are paced by Allen and Alex Muyl. Allen, a junior forward has scored nine goals and added a pair of assists. An Allen brace sank Butler in a 2-0 win. Muyl, a sophomore and veteran of the U.S. national youth team pool, has been the team’s playmaker with eight assists and two goals. Both forwards spent time with the New York Red Bull youth academy teams and have MLS futures ion their minds.