Men’s Soccer Loses in CAA Championship on PK Shootout

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

George Mason’s men’s soccer team tied number 2 Hofstra University, 1-1, in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship game, but the number 4 Patriots lost the penalty kick shootout, 3-2, Sunday afternoon at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex in Virginia Beach, Va.

With this loss, Mason is now 12-5-3 on the year, while the Pride moved to 11-5-3.

This was the second time in CAA history in which the championship contest went into a penalty kick shootout situation.

In the 29th minute, Hofstra scored the first goal of the day as Bob Youhill weaved through a few Patriot defenders and his attempt from just outside the box went in the left center of the net to put the Pride ahead, 1-0.

With just under seven minutes remaining in the game, sophomore Chris Carroll fed the ball to senior midfielder Francis McCardle, who knotted the game at one, as his header went into the lower right hand corner of the net. It marked McCardle’s third goal of the season and Carroll’s first helper of the year.

After two scoreless overtime sessions, junior Adam Lobene tapped in the first penalty kick, while sophomore defender Michael Vallie and senior defender Jacob Weitz missed the next two attempts. Senior Fabien Lewis fired his attempt in the center of the net, and following a Pride score, the Patriots entered the final round of penalty kicks down, 3-2. Fleming’s attempt was tipped up by the Hofstra goalkeeper Tom Johansen and hit the cross bar.

Freshman goalie Sean Kelley was in goal the entire game and tallied five saves on the night. Mason outshot the Pride, 26-22, including a 5-0 advantage in the first overtime. Cornerkicks were even at six apiece and Johansen collected seven saves on the afternoon for Hofstra.

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