Women's Soccer Drops First Home Match, 2-1 to JMU
Sept. 24, 2009
The George Mason women's soccer team saw its winning streak come to an end on Thursday evening as the Patriots, playing their toughest competition of the year, paid for a five-minute lapse as the Patriots fell at home to James Madison, 2-1. The Dukes were the preseason favorite to win the Colonial Athletic Association after advancing to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen last season.
Mason, which had been unbeaten at home this year, dropped its CAA opener to JMU one year after beating the Dukes in the CAA opener. The contest pitted two teams ranked regionally as the Patriots (8-2, 0-1) entered the game ranked seventh in the Mid-Atlantic while James Madison (5-4, 1-0) was ranked fourth. The Dukes entered the game on a two-game losing streak while Mason was on a five-game winning streak.
James Madison's first goal came in the 12th minute as Elisa Davidson found Teresa Rynier at the top of the box and she went high right with her shot. Mason keeper Katie Frey got her hands on the ball but the shot was strong enough to sneak in. The second goal came while Mason was on its heels. In the 17th minute, Lisa Heise sent a corner kick to the far post where Teri Maykoski redirected it to Cory Julien who scored her ninth goal of the season.
In the 21st minute, Mason nearly trimmed the lead to 2-1 when Patti Benner blasted a ball from 40 yards that caught the bottom of the crossbar and bounced straight down. Game officials ruled it did not cross the goal line and the score remained 2-0.
In the 74th minute, Mason finally broke through to avoid its first shutout of the year. Sasha Vido played a ball through the midfield that Theresa DeLucca passed to the left wing. Mary Kate Lowry was there to pound the ball into the net at the near post.
The Patriots will return to action on Sunday when they travel to VCU to take on the Rams at 1 p.m. With the season just half over, Mason already has its most goals since 2001. The Patriots have 33 on the year. That season, Mason finished with 36. The last time Mason had more than 40 goals in a season was 1999 when the Patriots recorded 57.