No. 3 Georgetown facing No. 1 Virginia on Sunday night in NCAA Men’s College Cup Final
CARY, N.C. – The third-seeded Georgetown University men’s soccer team will take on the top-seeded University of Virginia Cavaliers in the national championship game Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. ET at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.
The nationally-ranked No. 2 Hoyas are currently 19-1-3 on the season and heading into the program’s second national championship game in history.
Follow the Action
• The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU at 6:00 p.m. ET with Glenn Davis and Devon Kerr calling the action.
• Live stats will be available at GUHoyas.com. Fans can follow the in-game scoring on Twitter at @GUHoyasMSoccer.
How They Got Here
• Georgetown continued its historic run on Friday defeating the seventh-seeded Stanford Cardinal 2-0.
• The Hoyas scored early as a ball was sent in by sophomore Zach Riviere but headed away by a Stanford defender. It went to sophomore Sean Zawadzki at the top of the box who volleyed in a bullet from 22-yards out to send the crowd into a frenzy in the fourth minute and put Georgetown on top 1-0.
• Georgetown added an insurance goal in the 67th minute when Zawadzki sent a long ball into the box. It bounced around hitting defenders and fell to senior Foster McCune at the far post who headed it in past keeper Andrew Thomas to make it 2-0 and secure the historic victory.
• Sophomore Giannis Nikopolidis picked up the win and his fifth shutout of the season with one save to his credit.
• Georgetown’s path also included wins over Washington (2-1), Louisville (5-1) and Pitt (5-0) marking GU’s largest margin of victory ever in the NCAA Tournament.
• Senior captain Dylan Nealis was named a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist becoming just the second ever for the Hoyas.
• Nealis, junior Derek Dodson and junior Jacob Montes were all selected as All-Americans on Friday with Nealis earning a nod to the first team and the other pair being named to the third team.
• Georgetown made history earlier this season with the program’s first three-peat winning the BIG EAST Championship for the third consecutive year in a 3-1 victory over Providence College at Shaw Field. It was just the second time in program history that the squad has won both the regular season and the championship in the same year.
NCAA Tournament History
• Georgetown’s NCAA Tournament berth is the eighth under Head Coach Brian Wiese.
• The Hoyas have been to the tournament 10 times with now seven trips to the Round of 16 (2019, 2018, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 1997), three to the quarterfinals (2019,2014, 2012) and two to the College Cup (2019, 2012).
• In 2012, the team was the national runner up, falling to Indiana 1-0 in the national championship game. They advanced after a 4-4 double overtime tie against Maryland.
• Prior to that season, the program had never moved beyond the second round of the tournament with previous appearances in 2010, 1997 and 1994.
• The Hoyas are 13-6-5 overall in the NCAA Tournament and 0-1-0 in the finals.
• The No. 3 seed ties the highest seed in program history. Georgetown was the No. 3 overall seed in both 2012 and 2015.
• GU earned the BIG EAST’s automatic berth into the tournament as well as earning a first-round bye as one of the top 16 seeds.
• Virginia (21-1-1) defeated Wake Forest in the semifinal 2-1 to advance to the championship.
• The Cavaliers are seeking their eighth National Championship and third since 2009.
• Sophomore Daryl Dike leads the Cavaliers in goals (9), assists (8) and points (26).
Series with UVA
• Georgetown is 2-7 all-time against the Cavaliers and 0-0-1 in the postseason.
• The last meeting was a 1-1 double overtime tie in the quarterfinals of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at Shaw Field. UVA tied the game in the final minute of regulation and eventually advanced to the College Cup on penalty kicks.
• The squads have played twice in the Wiese era with Georgetown holding a 1-0-1 record.