Men’s and Women’s Soccer Pick Up First Wins of Season

Posted: August 28, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

In the 98th minute of play, freshman defender Richard Edgar connected on a perfect header that went into the upper right side of the net to seal George Mason’s 1-0 season-opening victory over Monmouth University (0-1-0) in men’s soccer action at George Mason Field Friday evening.

Senior midfielder Josh Fleming earned the assist, the fourth of his career, after passing to Edgar from the left side just outside the box. This marks Edgar’s first collegiate goal.

“It was a great effort by both Richard and Josh,” said head coach Greg Andrulis. “Overall, it was a tale of two halves and the team had a positive attitude adjustment from halftime, which carried on into the extra period.”

The Patriots will return to action when they face Virginia in Charlottesville on Sept. 1 at 7 p.m.

The George Mason women’s soccer team showed no signs of fatigue on Sunday, and three second-half goals were proof of how fresh the Patriots were as they broke open a 1-1 game to beat Coastal Carolina, 4-1, in the 2006 home opener.

The Patriots had tied Virginia Tech at 1-1 on Friday night and arrived home just 36 hours before their match with the Chanticleers kicked off. But after a 45-minute warm-up session/first half, Mason (1-0-1) was able to pull away from Coastal Carolina (1-1-0), which had won its opener on Friday, 5-1.

This time, it was Mason that turned on the offense in the first-ever meeting between the schools. Putting points on the scoreboard were junior midfielder L. J. Williams, junior forward Rachel Wiggins, junior midfielder Sarah Fack and forward freshman Annie Lebherz. Junior goalkeeper Kasey Davenport had five saves.

The women are off until Friday when the Patriots will play on the road at Georgetown. That match is set for a 3 p.m. start.

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