Men’s Soccer Clinches Third-Seed Spot in CAA Tournament; Game Tonight

Posted: November 11, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Mason men’s soccer team entered its final match of the regular season against Old Dominion last Friday needing either a win or a tie to assure a spot in the 2008 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Men’s Soccer Championship.

When the final seconds ticked off the clock, the Patriots had left no doubt that they deserved one of the six spots in the tournament, taking a 3-1 victory over a Monarch squad that entered the evening in a three-way tie for second place in the standings.

With the win, Mason clinched the third seed in the CAA Men’s Soccer Championship. The Patriots will host sixth seed Hofstra at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at George Mason Stadium. The winner of that quarterfinal match will advance to the semifinal round of the tournament on Friday, Nov. 14, at the home of top seed UNC Wilmington.

In the match against ODU, Mason freshman midfielder Ryan Gracia, senior forward Kwame Adjeman-Pamboe and junior midfielder Richard Edgar each scored goals. Adjeman-Pamboe earned his second consecutive CAA Men’s Soccer Player of the Week award for his effort. He splits this week’s award with Price Thomas of William and Mary.

UNCW and second seed William and Mary earn a bye to the semifinal round of the tournament. ODU earns the fourth seed in the tournament and will host fifth seed Northeastern in the other quarterfinal match on Nov. 11.

The win completed a remarkable turnaround for the Patriots, who leapt from a tie for ninth place in the conference standings with only three matches remaining in the regular season to the third seed in the conference tournament.

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