College Cup 2012: Georgetown down Maryland on penalties in a thriller

In one of the most exciting College Cup games in recent memory, Georgetown edged Maryland on penalties after 110 minutes of soccer and eight goals failed to settle the match. The Hoyas had leads at 3-1 and 4-2, but managed to give up two late goals to the Terps. Overtime produced no goals, and Georgetown keeper Tomas Gomez game up huge with two big saves to win the game on penalties after an incredible 4-4 match.

Maryland got on the board first through Schillo Tshuma, who touched in a header by Patrick Mullins in the 22nd minute. Steve Neumann, who is likely to play in MLS next season, fired Georgetown back into the match with two brilliant first half goals, scoring the first from close range and the second with a stellar 25-yard strike. When Georgetown headed into the break up 2-1, it was obvious that both teams where nowhere near done with scoring.

The second half started in absolutely disastrous fashion for the Terps, with Keith Cardona gifting a goal to Brandon Allen. He completely botched what should have been an easy clearance and put the ball off Allen's side. He could only watch as the ball rolled into the net.

Tshuma netted his second of the game in the 57th minute, assisted by Mullins yet again, but it only took Georgetown four minutes to reestablish their lead. Neumann completed his hat trick with a great 61st minute goal, and it looked at that point like Maryland were going to struggle to get back into the game.

Incredibly, the Terps played brilliantly in the next 20 minutes to equalize. Mullins finally got a goal of his own in the 74th minute, and Christiano Francois scored a spectacular equalizer in the 77th minute, stunning the Hoyas. The final 13 minutes of regulation were extremely open, with both sides generating chances, but neither managed to find a winner. The overtime period was less eventful, though Gomez had to make a couple of saves to guide Georgetown into a shootout.

Cardona made a save on Tommy Muller, Georgetown's second penalty taker, but guessed too early to get close to any of Georgetown's other penalty attempts. Both of Maryland's final two penalty takers missed as Gomez came up with massive saves on Taylor Kemp and Helge Leikvang, clinching a dramatic 4-3 win on penalties for Georgetown. For the first time ever, the Hoyas will play in the College Cup final.

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