Less than 48 hours after a thrilling victory against Maryland on penalty kicks, the Georgetown Hoyas took the pitch to face off against the Indiana Hoosiers in the Championship Game of the College Cup. The effects of Friday's game were evident, the Hoyas looked heavy legged and fatigued as the Hoosiers controlled much of the first half. Despite this, the Hoyas were able to go into the half with the game tied 0-0. The Hoyas emerged from the break re-energized, completely changing the momentum of game as they spent the majority of playing time on the Indiana end of the field. Alas, no shot found the back of net and all it took was one Georgetown defensive mistake to decide the game as Indiana prevailed 1-0, winning its 8th College Cup in school history. Georgetown made it interesting though, fighting all the way to the end as a header in the final minute of play hit the top of the crossbar and landed in front of the Indiana goalkeeper.
This was a one heck of a season for the Hoyas. One can merely point to the fact that I am writing about soccer on this lunch blog as evidence that the kickin' Hoyas have changed the perception of Georgetown Soccer among students, fans, and alums for good. The Hoyas came into this season unranked and picked to finish third in the Big East. They had only been to four NCAA Tournaments in program history, never advancing past the Sweet Sixteen in any of them. The Hoyas ended the season two goals away from being crowned National Champions, ending the seasons of rivals Syracuse and Maryland along the way.
To Coach Brian Wiese and his staff, seniors Ian Christianson, Tommy Muller, Jimmy Nealis, and Andy Riemer, and the rest of the Georgetown team, I say thank you. The last few weeks have been an incredible ride and you have made all Georgetown fans and alums proud. I can honestly say, without the slightest bit of snark, that I am excited for the future of Georgetown Soccer and cannot wait to see what you gentlemen accomplish next season. If nothing else, getting me to tune into soccer and even look forward to it is a mighty impressive accomplishment! Congrats on the historic season.