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Maryland-Georgetown men's soccer: How to watch, preview, live online streaming, and more

Maryland's offense has begun to show signs of life but will face a stiff test when they face the 11th ranked Georgetown Hoyas Tuesday night at Ludwig Field.

Christian Jenkins - The Diamondback

WHO: Georgetown Hoyas @ Maryland Terrapins

WHAT: Men's soccer local bragging rights game

WHERE: Ludwig Field, University of Maryland College Park

WHEN: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm

WATCH: BTN Plus (BTN2GO.COM)

The Terps are fresh off their first Big Ten conference win having defeated Wisconsin 2-0 Friday night and have won back to back games for the first time this season. The contest certainly carries an element of local bragging rights and Maryland could be seeking some small measure of redemption from the outcome the last time the teams met.

A Hoya's a what?

"Exactly."

"That's what I'm asking."

"I don't see one near by."

"What?"

"A Hoya."

"A what?"

"Correct."

So if this reads a bit like a riff on the classic "Who's on First" routine, it is. The story is that the phrase "Hoya Saxa" is a mix of Greek and Latin with the Greek part being a transliteration of 'oia' meaning what and the Latin saxa meaning stones or rocks. Thus, the nickname of Georgetown's athletic teams translates to the Georgetown What. Given the choice of calling themselves the What or the Rocks, the paragons of academia admitted to the institution chose to call themselves the What.

Oh, and the choice of the bulldog as the mascot seems fairly random, too. It seems that historically some sort of dog (including borzois, bull terriers and great danes) has had some sort of unofficial association with Georgetown's teams but they didn't settle on the bulldog until 1962.

Georgetown is one of 39 universities to use a bulldog as their mascot but only five others have live bulldogs as part of the tradition. Georgetown's live bulldog, commonly called Jack, has a formal name usually John Carroll with a changing middle initial as one generation succeed the next. A group of students know as the Jack Crew (or as I like to think of them, the J.Crew) tends to the dog's needs.

Hoyas on the pitch

2013

Georgetown wrapped up the 2013 season with a 14-5-2 record and tied with Marquette as regular season Big East champions. The Hoyas lost to Providence on penalty kicks in the Big East Tournament semifinals and won their first round NCAA Tournament game before dropping a 1-0 decision to Michigan State. Showing great imagination in their preseason poll, the Big East coaches picked Georgetown and Marquette to repeat at co-champions. Despite having two two double digit goal scorers, one of whom returns in 2014, the Hoyas were not an overly potent offensive squad scoring at a 1.86 goals per game pace. (Yes, these numbers are identical to Wisconsin's 14-5-2 record and 1.86 goals per game.) What propelled the Hoyas through the 2013 season was a strong defense and excellent goalkeeping. Georgetown conceded only 10 goals in 21 games and their keeper, Tomas Gomez finished with a .882 save percentage.

2014

Returning nine of their eleven starters, it should come as no surprise that the Hoyas were picked to repeat as co-champions in their conference but were also tabbed ninth in the preseason Coaches Poll. Currently sitting with a record of 5-1-3, Georgetown has dropped only two spots to number 11 in the most recent Coaches Poll.

Maryland will be Georgetown's third Big Ten opponent this season. The Hoyas are 1-0-1 in the two previous matches having played Indiana to a 1-1 draw in their season opener and picking up a dominating 4-1 win over Wisconsin.

As noted above, the Hoyas return one of their top two goal scorers, Brandon Allen, from last season's squad. The loss of Steve Neumann has impacted their scoring which has fallen to 1.67 goal per game. Georgetown remains an impressive defensive squad, however, conceding only six goals in their first nine games.

Players to Watch

Brandon Allen, #10, junior, forward. Allen has been a prolific goal scorer since his arrival at Georgetown leading the team in goals as a freshman (16) and as a sophomore (11). Wihtout Neumann, Allen appears to be more on pace to equal or exceed his freshman totals. Chosen as the Big East's preseason Offensive Player of the Year, he has certainly lived up to those expectations through the early season. His seven goals account for nearly half the Hoyas' season total of fifteen.

Tomas Gomez, #1, senior, goalkeeper. The Players to Watch segment rarely includes a goalkeeper but since defense has been and continues to be a hallmark of Georgetown's play, it makes some sense to shine a light on Gomez who was chosen as the Goalkeeper of the Year in the Big East preseason coaches poll. After a stellar junior season when he had a .882 save percentage and a goals against average of 0.44, Gomez has fallen off just a bit in 2014 but not so much as to give many scoring opportunities to Georgetown's foes. He has played every minute in goal thus far this season and has recorded a .793 save percentage and has a .067 GAA. Gomez has a .072 GAA for his career.

History

Because a penalty kicks loss is recorded officially as a tie, the record books show that Maryland has never lost to Georgetown in their 29 previous meetings. Yes, the Terrapins hold a 28-0-1 series record against the Hoyas. However, there is that tie, and those penalty kicks from the last meeting between the schools in the 2012 College Cup. We will say no more about it.