Women’s and Men’s Soccer Drop Sunday Matches

Posted: September 6, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The George Mason women’s soccer team suffered its first loss of the season on Sunday afternoon as the Patriots were stunned by American University, 2-1, at Georgetown University in the D.C. Invitational.

The Eagles (3-0-0) scored less than three minutes into the match when Christina Gonzalez put the ball into the upper left corner of the net, past Mason junior keeper Kasey Davenport. The score stood at 1-0 until four minutes into the second half when Mason player Rachel Wiggins, a junior forward, headed the ball into the net off a cross from junior midfielder Sarah Fack. For Wiggins, it was the fourth straight game in which she has scored.

The Patriots (2-1-1) played most of the second half without junior midfielder Jessica Paris, who left the game with a knee injury.

The two teams played even until the final nine minutes when Gonzalez scored the game-winner. Wiggins, Fack and junior midfielder L. J. Williams were selected to the D.C. Invitational All-Tournament team.

The Patriots will next play Seton Hall University on Friday, Sept. 8, at 4:30 p.m. at the University of Virginia. Mason will then take on nationally ranked University of Georgia on Sunday at noon, also at Charlottesville, Va.

Meanwhile, George Mason’s men’s soccer team (1-2) dropped a 2-0 decision to La Salle University Sunday afternoon on the Explorers’ home field in Philadelphia.

The ball movement was fierce in the first half, the only goal coming with just under two minutes left on the clock. After an assist by sophomore Dan Heavey through a sea of Patriot defenders, defender Jeff Spiker found an opening just inside the goalpost and tapped it in.

The two teams would continue to battle, neither team dominating over possession. Then in the 81st minute of play, off a pass from Kevin Lydic, freshman Taylor Young managed to slide-kick the ball into the goal as he fell to the ground.

Mason will return to action on Friday, Sept. 8, when the Patriots compete at the Yale Classic in New Haven, Conn.

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