Men’s Soccer Team Advances to CAA Tournament Semifinals

Posted: November 13, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

On Veteran’s Day, a Patriot veteran came through as junior goalkeeper John O’Hara stopped University of North Carolina, Wilmington’s fifth penalty kick to allow No. 3 seed George Mason to advance, 5-4, after playing to a 2-2 tie in double overtime with the No. 6 seed Seahawks in a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Men’s Soccer Championship quarterfinal match Tuesday night at George Mason Stadium.

George Mason improved to 10-5-6, setting a school record for ties in a season, and advances to the CAA Championship semifinals to face No. 2 seed Old Dominion University (14-2-1) Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond.

No. 4 seed James Madison University (11-6-2), which defeated No. 5 seed College of William and Mary, 2-0, in their quarterfinal game Tuesday, will meet top-seeded and tournament host Virginia Commonwealth University (14-4), in the other semifinal at 8 p.m. The championship game is set for Sunday at 1 p.m.

Both George Mason and UNC Wilmington scored on each of its first four penalty kicks in the tie-breaker session, with sophomore Steve Alabi, sophomore Neema Doroudian, freshman Chris Mills and junior Matt Mendy converting for the Patriots. Sophomore Damian O’Rourke scored just inside the left post to give Mason a 5-4 advantage before Seahawk senior Jason Small, who had not played in the 110 minutes of game action, stepped to the spot and had his shot to the right of center stopped by O’Hara.

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