Men’s Soccer Team Kicks Off Season with Scrimmage Today

Posted: August 23, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The men’s soccer team opens its 2002 season with a scrimmage against perennial national power St. John’s today at 6 p.m. at George Mason Stadium. The contest against the Red Storm, a 2001 NCAA Tournament “Final Four” qualifier which finished 17-3-3, is free and open to the public.

George Mason officially opens its 2002 season on Labor Day Weekend at the JMU/Comfort Inn Invitational in Harrisonburg. The Patriots meet Temple on Friday, Aug. 30, at 5 p.m. and face St. Francis (Penn.) on Sunday, Sept. 1, at 1 p.m.

The strength of the Patriot defense begins with sophomore goalkeeper John O’Hara. Starting each game and playing every minute as a freshman last season, O’Hara posted a 1.42 goals-against average, 61 saves, and four shutouts as he earned Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Rookie of the Year honors and was named to the All-CAA second team and the Freshman All-America third team.

Continued improvement from the veterans and the influx of enthusiasm and talent from the newcomers should help lift the Patriot offense in 2002. Senior Laszlo Juhasz and junior Barry Suber return to lead the Patriot forwards, while seniors Matt Friedman and Radovan Pletka join juniors Mirza Kurspahic and Paul Ondiak in the midfield.

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