Men's Soccer Downs American 1-0 in Overtime; Finishes Second at the D.C. College Cup
Aug. 31, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C. - George Mason forward Parker Walton made the first goal of his career one to remember as the sophomore's score in the 94th minute lifted the Mason men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over host American in the final match of the annual D.C. College Cup on Sunday afternoon at Reeves Field in Washington, D.C. With the win, Mason improved to 1-0-1 on the season and tied George Washington for the best record at the two-day tournament. However, the Patriots were declared the runners-up as a result of the tournament's tie-breaking procedure, with the Colonials successfully defending their championship by way of a 9-1 goal differential.
After nearly five minutes elapsed in the first overtime, Walton broke the scoring drought and put an end to the match with a booming kick that made its way past American goalkeeper Matt Makowski and into the right side of the net for the only goal of the afternoon. A well-placed cross from the left side by senior Hugh Fike put Walton in position for the score.
Defense dominated the Patriots' second match of the tournament, with regulation coming to a close without a goal on either side. Following the completion of both halves, Mason had taken nine shots to American's seven. The Patriots' defense was stifling in the second half and overtime, holding the Eagles without a single shot.
In the opening match of the day, George Washington defeated Howard by a final score of 8-0. The Colonials wrapped up the two-day tournament with a win and a tie, while the Bison finished with a pair of losses to take last place. Host American finished third with a win and a loss at the tournament. Following the conclusion of the tournament, a D.C. College Cup All-Tournament Team was announced. Walton, senior Michael Vallie and sophomore Eric Zuehsow were all named to the team.
George Mason returns to action on Friday, Sept. 5 with an 8 p.m. match against No. 18 Virginia. The Cavaliers opened their season on Friday with a 1-0 loss against St. John's at the Virginia Soccer Classic in Charlottesville, Va.