Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams Have Win Streaks Snapped

Posted: October 16, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The men’s and women’s soccer teams had promising win streaks snapped this weekend, both teams losing to Old Dominion University (ODU).

The men’s soccer team dropped its first Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) game of 2006 and had its nine-game win streak snapped with a 1-0 loss to the Monarchs Friday night in Norfolk. The last time Mason lost was on Sept. 3.

The women, meanwhile, saw their three-match win streak snapped on Friday night in heartbreaking fashion as Old Dominion scored with 46 seconds remaining in the game to beat the Patriots, 2-1, at George Mason Stadium.

With freshman Sean Kelley in the net, the men’s team, ranked No. 22 by College Soccer News, went 259 minutes without allowing a goal. Kelley played all 90 minutes for the Patriots and tallied seven saves on the night.

In the 54th minute, ODU sophomore Trevor Banks tried for a header, which was deflected, but freshman Ambane Emmanuel was there for the rebound. Emmanuel then kicked it in the center of the net about three yards out for the Monarchs’ game-winning goal.

The Monarchs outshot the Patriots, 15-5, and ODU also had a 4-2 advantage on corner kicks.

Then, on Sunday afternoon, the men’s team (10-3-1, 6-1-1 CAA) tied with the College of William and Mary (6-7-3, 1-3-3) by a score of 0-0 in Williamsburg. With a Towson University win over Old Dominion, Mason remains in second place in the conference.

Sophomore Chris Carroll led the Patriots in shots for the second game in a row with three, one of which was a shot on goal. Senior Josh Fleming, sophomore defender Michael Vallie and senior defender Jacob Weitz each ended the contest with two shots.

Kelley was in net the entire 110 minutes and did not tally any saves as there were no shots on goal from the Tribe. William and Mary’s Brennan Wergley collected four saves on the afternoon.

Mason had a 14-6 advantage on shots, including seven to the Tribe’s three in the first half, and the Patriots had a slight advantage on corner kicks, 6-5.

Mason will return to action when the Patriots travel to Richmond to face Virginia Commonwealth University on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.

On Friday, Mason’s women’s team had plenty of scoring opportunities, but Old Dominion’s Lauren Tupman was sparkling in goal, stopping 12 of Mason’s 13 shots on goal. The Monarchs managed just six shots on goal but converted enough to win the match.

The game winner came when Old Dominion (13-2-0, 5-2-0) earned a corner kick in the final minute. The ball crossed and there were several touches before Janna Pearson put the ball in.

Mason keeper Kasey Davenport finished the game with four saves.

Then, on Sunday, the Patriots had a chance to pick up its biggest win of the 2006 season but the team continued to be hit hard by injuries as the Patriots (6-9-1, 3-5-0) fell to 18th-ranked College of William and Mary, 3-2, in CAA action at George Mason Stadium.

It was an eventful first two minutes as Mason goalkeeper Davenport had to leave the match 31 seconds into the contest. Katie Hogwood beat a Mason defender and Davenport came out to meet her. The three players collided and Davenport left the match after taking a blow to the head. Olivia Brown replaced her in goal. The Patriots were already competing without four players who are lost for the season due to leg injuries.

A little more than a minute after Davenport went out, Laura Salich served a ball over top to Rachel Wiggins who beat William and Mary keeper Meghan Walker and then had to survive an attempted tackle by the Tribe before putting the ball into the open net. It was her eighth goal of the season and Salichs’ third assist.

William and Mary didn’t need much time to get the equalizer, which came in the 11th minute. Then the Tribe took its first lead of the match in the 32nd minute.

Mason then converted off a William and Mary foul. L.J. Williams took a direct kick from 30 yards out and found Fack’s head right in front of the net. Fack put the ball in for her third goal of the year and Williams picked up her third assist of the season.

Once again the Tribe struck quickly, this time, scoring just six minutes later. Mason’s hopes for a comeback were effectively dashed in the 79th minute when Alison Feldman was given a red card, leaving Mason a player short.

Brown had five saves for the Patriots.

The Patriots return to action on Friday when they host Virginia Commonwealth University at 7 p.m.

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