Men's Soccer Starts Homestand With Win Over Richmond
Sept. 20, 2008
FAIRFAX, Va. - The George Mason men's soccer team scored in the opening minute of its match with Richmond on Saturday night and the Patriots never looked back as Mason dominated the Spiders, taking a 4-0 non-conference win at George Mason Stadium. Mason set a season-high for goals as the Patriots opened a four-game homestand that includes matches next week with St. Joseph's and VCU.
Just 25 seconds into the match, Axel Levry scored his first collegiate goal as Anthony Han played a ball over the top of the defense and Levry stuck out his right foot, redirecting the ball into the net for the early lead. The Patriots kept the offensive pressure on and it paid off with a second goal in the 28th minute. This time, Han's shot from the left side was stopped by Grant Schonberg but Draymond Washington was there on the right side to clean it up and put the Patriots ahead 2-0.
Despite having a comfortable halftime lead, Mason (3-2-1) continued to press the attack in the second half. The Patriots earned their second corner of the night in the 54th minute and this time Irvin Martinez found Ryan Gracia's head near the far post to put the Patriots ahead by three goals.
Richmond's best scoring chance came in the 65th minute on a direct kick but Russell Himelein's shot from less than five yards out was stopped cold by Sean Kelley. Mason added its final goal in the 75th minute when Levry played a beautiful ball to Fike on the left side and after his shot was saved, Washington put in the rebound to make it 4-0.
Schonberg had 10 saves for Richmond (1-6-0) while Kelley finished with a pair of saves on the only shots he faced. The Patriots will return to action on Wednesday when they host St. Joseph's at 7 p.m.