Men’s Soccer Keeps Streak Alive with 3-2 Victory over Hofstra

Posted: September 26, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Michael Vallie
Michael Vallie
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With less than three minutes remaining in the game, sophomore defender Michael Vallie tapped in the game-winning goal to give Mason a 3-2 win over two-time defending Colonial Athletic Association Champion Hofstra University (3-3-2, 0-1-1 CAA) at George Mason Stadium Sunday afternoon.

This marks Mason’s (6-2, 2-0) fifth consecutive win, something that has not been accomplished since the 1998 season.

Junior midfielder Jordan Mault took a corner kick seconds before Mason’s third goal of the day, and the Hofstra defenders could not clear the ball. Midfielder junior Adam Lobene fired off a shot, which was knocked down by Hofstra goalkeeper Tom Johnasen, but Vallie came from the right side to knock in Lobene’s miss for the Patriots’ game-winning goal. This was Vallie’s first goal in a Mason uniform and Lobene’s first assist of the season.

Senior midfielder Francis McCardle opened up the scoring for Mason as he fired off a shot straight up the middle at the top of the box off of a pass from sophomore forward Dan Ames just inside the 11th minute. Hofstra answered and tied the game about 10 minutes later; the Pride then took the lead in the 24th minute.

In the 76th minute, sophomore midfielder Chris Carroll was all alone and took a chip shot to the left side of the net to beat Johansen for his first goal of the season and tied the game at two.

The Patriots dominated ball control the second half, outshooting the Pride 21-5 on the afternoon and having an 8-3 advantage on corner kicks. Freshman goalkeeper Sean Kelley tallied his sixth win in net for the Patriots as he played the entire 90 minutes and collected three saves on the afternoon.

Mason returns to the road and will face the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.

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