Men's Soccer Surrenders Late Goal, Falls to VCU
Oct. 2, 2010
Fairfax, Va. - The George Mason and VCU men's soccer teams played to a stalemate for more than 80 minutes on Saturday evening but the Rams finally found a chink in Mason's armor in the 83rd minute. Jake Van Yahres took a pass from Jose Carlo Castillo on the left wing and scored high at the far post to provide the match's only goal as the Patriots (4-3-1, 0-1-1 CAA) fell to the Rams (5-1-3, 2-0-1 CAA), 1-0.
The first half saw few scoring chances with the only shot on goal coming by Victor Freeman in the 11th minute. In the 14th minute, Brent Brockman was unable to get his shot from 15 yards past a VCU defender, who blocked the attempt. Likewise Ryan Gracia in the 43rd minute had his shot blocked by a Ram player. Most of VCU's scoring chances ended before they started as they were whistled for five offsides in the half.
In the 50th minute, Mason nearly got on the board when Alhagi Toure played a ball to Derek Markheim inside the box and he made a tremendous move to get an open look but his shot was just wide. In the 54th minute, Freeman took a pass on the left wing from Markheim but keeper Gabriel Rodriguez got to the ball when he did and his slide save kept it 0-0. In the 65th minute, Markheim again found Freeman, this time 10 yards out, but Freeman's redirect went wide.
The Rams, meanwhile, were slowly finding their offensive rhythm as they put four shots on goal in a 15-minute span, culminating with the game-winner, Van Yahres' second goal of the year. In the final five minutes, the Patriots had a couple of solid chances to get the equalizer. First Hugh Roberts' header right in front of the goal was saved by a VCU defender, then Eber Martine and Victor Freeman had shots on goal stymied by Rodriguez. The final opportunity came in the 89th minute when Brent Brockman's header went high.
The Patriots return to action on Wednesday when they play at Drexel at 7 p.m.