Georgetown Youngsters Point to Bright Future In Butler Victory
It is an exciting time to be around the Georgetown men’s soccer program, with the form of their young players indicating that there are good times ahead for the Hoyas in the coming years.
The team’s great strides continued on October 19 as the Hoyas defeated the highly regarded Butler Bulldogs by a convincing scoreline of 4-1 in their latest Big East matchup.
Senior captain Steve Neumann scored twice for the Hoyas, but the performances of sophomore Brandon Allen and freshmen Bakie Goodman and Alex Muyl also caught the eye as they showcased their enormous potential against another nationally-ranked side.
Muyl, usually a forward, played in an unfamiliar left-wing position and impressed with his irrepressible work-rate. The freshman scored in the 34th minute and notched an assist in the 50th, setting up Neumann to score his first and maintaining his position as the Hoyas’ assists leader.
Allen continued the form that has seen him lead Georgetown in points and goals this season, leading the line effectively and opening the scoring after 23 minutes with a close-range header.
Alongside Neumann up front, Allen was a constant threat with his dribbling, ball control and physicality, and the Hoyas Head Coach Brian Wiese believes that last year’s Big East Rookie of the Year becoming a more complete player with every game.
“I thought [Allen] had a good game,” Wiese said after the game. “Goals aside, he’s always scoring goals. Scoring goals is boring for him, that’s what he does and that’s what he’s always going to do.
“I thought today he showed a lot more composure in the build-up and in combing and linking. I thought he looked a little bit more complete today than he has maybe earlier in the season, which is good to see. I thought he looked very sharp.”
Muyl, a recruit from Bard High School in New York, spoke of his excitement to be involved in a program filled with talented youngsters, and to be at the forefront of what he hopes will be a successful time with the Hoyas.
“There’s so much talent right now,” he said. “We have a backbone of older players with some young guys and we have a really exciting team to watch. This is a program on the rise, so it’s going to be really fun to be here for the next few years.”
One of those older players, senior captain Steve Neumann, is also hopeful that there is a bright future ahead for the Georgetown program, even though the forward and 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist will be graduating at the end of this year.
“I’m excited for this year,” he said. “I’m also excited to watch these guys grow throughout the next few years.”
The Hoyas next face DePaul on Wednesday October 23 in another Big East matchup, with the Blue Demons currently holding a 0-4-1 record in the conference. If Georgetown’s youngsters continue to develop at their current pace, the Hoyas faithful will be hopeful of further success at a national level.
Chris Teale is a contributing writer for College Soccer News. You can reach him at chris.teale firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @chris_teals