Men’s Soccer Plays Top Team in Country Tonight

Posted: September 24, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The schedule does not get any easier for the George Mason men’s soccer team as it visits top-ranked University of Maryland at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md., tonight at 7 p.m. Maryland (7-0), ranked No. 1 in each of the national polls this week, is one of three possible top-10 teams George Mason will face in a five-game span.

The Patriots have dropped their last two contests to leave their record at 4-2-1, falling at then-No. 5 Wake Forest University (2-1) last Tuesday and at home vs. South Atlantic Region foe American University (3-1) on Saturday. After meeting Quinnipiac University at George Mason Stadium Saturday at 7 p.m., Mason will entertain 2001 NCAA champion University of North Carolina, ranked No. 8, next Tuesday at 7 p.m.

George Mason has done well against Maryland over the years with a 5-5-1 all-time mark against the Terrapins, including a 1-0 victory in its last visit to College Park on Oct. 10, 2001. The Patriots are 2-2 against Maryland at Ludwig Field since it opened in 1995.

Sophomore striker Steve Alabi leads the Patriots into action against Maryland. Alabi, who has 7 goals and 2 assists for 16 points through the first seven games this season, is ranked nationally for the third straight week as he leads the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and the South Atlantic Region and is tied for 5th in the country with 1.00 goals per game. A second-team All-CAA pick last year, Alabi also leads the CAA and the region and is tied for 12th in the nation with 2.29 points per game.

Alabi also gets support from junior Karim Manneh, who adds 4 goals and 2 assists for 10 points, and junior Danny Climo, who leads the Patriots with 3 assists and adds a goal for 5 points. Junior goalkeeper John O’Hara, a first-team All-CAA selection last season, has a 1.12 goals-against average and 23 saves.

The Terrapins have allowed just one goal all season, which came in a 2-1 victory over American on Sept. 7.

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