Oct. 20, 2010
Fairfax, Va. -
The George Mason men's soccer team had few chances on Wednesday night against Delaware but luckily for the Patriots, they gave the Blue Hens just as few. The result of the strong defense was a 0-0 double overtime tie that left both teams tied in the Colonial Athletic Association standings. Mason is now 6-5-2, 2-3-2 while Delaware is 3-7-3, 2-3-2.
Mason had a 17-10 advantage in shots but just a 4-3 shots on goal edge. Twice Mason took shots on the frame with keeper Kris Devaux out of position but twice Delaware defenders stepped up to clear the ball and keep the game scoreless.
The first half's lone shot on goal came in the 18th minute when Taylor Morgan collected the rebound off a Ryan Gracia shot and tried to go far post. A Delaware defender got his foot on the ball and cleared it out of the box to keep the Patriots off the board. Delaware got a pair of shots on goal in the second half but Sean Cote was in position both times. The first came in the 82nd minute on a direct kick from 40 yards out that the 6-foot, 4-inch freshman used all his length to snare out of the air. Two minutes later, he stopped a Demar Stephenson shot to keep the Blue Hens from finding the game-winner.
In the first overtime, Parker Walton had a header in the opening minute that Devaux was able to keep out of the net and he did the same in the 98th minute on a Mike Foss shot. In the 103rd minute, Luke Oostdyk was stymied by Cote. The best chance of the match came in the 104th minute. Mason gained possession at the midfield and launched the attack with Parker Walton taking a pass from Victor Freeman and his one-timer hit the crossbar. The rebound came to Freeman who headed the ball toward the opening net only to see a Delaware defender head the ball before it crossed the line. That was the last good look for either team.
Despite the tie, Mason kept pace in the CAA standings as the Patriots remain just two points out of fourth place in the standings with four games to play. The Patriots will return to action on Saturday when they play at Northeastern at 6 p.m. The Huskies are one point ahead of Mason in the standings.