Men's Soccer Extends Winning Streak to Five; Shuts Out William and Mary 1-0
Oct. 3, 2009
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - George Mason extended its winning streak to five consecutive matches with a 1-0 shutout of William and Mary on Saturday evening at Albert-Daly Field in Williamsburg, Va. The Patriots haven't allowed a single goal during the winning streak, outscoring opponents 10-0.
With the win, Mason improves to 7-2 overall and 2-0 in CAA matches. William and Mary falls to 6-3 overall and 1-1 in conference contests.
"We expected an intense, physical game against one of the best teams in our conference and that's what we got," said George Mason head coach Greg Andrulis. "William and Mary has a terrific veteran team that is very well coached. They gave us all we could handle on the night."
After a scoreless first half, Mason broke through for the first score of the contest shortly after the start of the second. In the 53rd minute, junior Irvin Martinez worked the ball up the right sideline and crossed the ball into the box to Ernesto Marquez. Marquez took the pass and knocked the ball inside the right post to give the Patriots a 1-0 lead.
The Patriot defensive unit made the score stand despite being outshot 19-12 in the contest. Senior Sean Kelley, fresh off an outstanding performance in Mason's upset of No. 2 Maryland on Tuesday, was stellar again, making four saves in 90 minutes to earn his fifth shutout of the season.
"I'm proud of the way our guys responded to the challenge and were able to make a one-goal lead stand up," Andrulis said. "Defensively we were solid, especially Chase Miller, who as a freshman is having an outstanding season so far.
"We are a little banged up, having played four games in 10 days but we have good depth and got significant and meaningful minutes from Parker Walton, Steven Wagoner, Derek Markheim and Anthony Han. Our depth and the contributions our bench made tonight were key factors in the positive result," Andrulis said.
George Mason returns home on Wednesday, Oct. 7 to face the Towson Tigers in a CAA contest. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at George Mason Stadium.