Penalty Kick Sends George Mason Past Richmond 2-1
Sept. 22, 2007
RICHMOND, Va. - Senior midfielder Chris Chaves converted a penalty kick in the 80th minute to lift the George Mason men's soccer team (3-2-1) past the University of Richmond (3-4-0) by a final score of 2-1 on Saturday evening at First Market Stadium in Richmond, Va.
Richmond took more shots than George Mason in the match, finishing with 16 to the Patriots' 12. However, it was the Patriots who had the best chance of the match when they were awarded a penalty kick for a takedown in the box after 80:07 had elapsed. Chaves converted the penalty kick to put George Mason up 2-0.
Mason took a one-goal lead 24:31 into the match on a blast from 20 yards out by senior Adam Lobene that was perfectly placed in the upper right corner of the cage. Both Parker Walton and Ernesto Marquez assisted on Lobene's goal.
After Chaves' penalty kick put the Patriots up 2-0 late in the match, the Spiders cut the lead in half just minutes later when junior Delano Pierre crossed the ball from the right wing and freshman Jake Russell knocked it into the back of the net. With George Mason leading 2-1, the Spiders continued to press in the final four minutes but were unable to get another good chance on goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper Sean Kelley played all 90 minutes for Mason, tallying four saves. Richmond's Eric Sciocchetti played all 90 minutes in the net for the Spiders, finishing with two saves in a losing effort.
The Patriots return home to George Mason Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 29 for a 7 p.m. match against St. Peter's.