Men's Soccer Returns Home to take on Longwood on Wednesday Evening

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Ryan Gracia is tied for the team lead in goals scored with two.
Ryan Gracia is tied for the team lead in goals scored with two.

Sept. 22, 2009

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    FAIRFAX, Va. - After playing its previous three matches on the road, the George Mason men's soccer team returns home for the first time since the opening weekend of the season to take on the Longwood Lancers on Wednesday at George Mason Stadium. The opening kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

    The defending CAA Champion Patriots hosted the D.C. College Cup on the opening weekend of September to begin the 2009 season, taking second place at the tournament after splitting a pair of matches. Following the conclusion of the tournament, Mason traveled to Columbia, S.C. for the adidas Gamecock Classic, splitting a pair of matches, before returning to the state of Virginia to take a 2-0 shutout victory at the University of Richmond on Saturday evening. Mason enters Wednesday's match with a 3-2-0 overall record.

    Sophomore Ryan Gracia and junior Parker Walton are tied for the team lead in goals scored with two. Senior goalkeeper Sean Kelley has provided strong play in goal with a 0.80 GAA, 20 saves and two shutouts in 450 minutes of action. Richard Edgar, a Lowe's Senior CLASS Award candidate, has been a steadying influence in the midfield for a young Patriots' squad.

    Longwood enters the contest with a 1-3-2 record on the season. The Lancers have yet to win a road match, posting a 0-3-1 record away from Farmville, Va. Longwood has been outscored 8-2 on the season, including an 8-1 disadvantage in the second half, and has been outshot 82-52. Junior forward Harvey Headley has taken 11 shots for Longwood and was credited with the Lancers' lone goal of the season.



    Tickets to men's soccer home matches cost $5 for adults and $2 for youth, senior citizens and George Mason faculty and staff with a valid ID. George Mason University students are admitted for free with a valid Mason ID. Tickets are available at the entrance to George Mason Stadium on game days. The gates open one hour prior to the start of the match.
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