Men's Soccer Rally Falls Short at No. 25 Boston College
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Men's Soccer Rally Falls Short at No. 25 Boston College

BOSTON, Mass. - The George Mason men's soccer team rallied late in the second half of the regular season opener at No. 25 Boston College, but the rally fell just short as the Patriots dropped a 3-2 decision at Newton Campus Field Friday afternoon. Both Paul Andrews and Draymond Washington scored for Mason in the contest.

The Patriots outshot the Eagles 9-6 and held a 7-2 advantage on corner kicks against the Eagles. Five different Eagles recorded a shot on goal, while Boston College was able to convert its three shots on goal.

"There were stretches today where we collectively played decent," commented Andrulis on the match. "The quality required in the final third was lacking this afternoon and after getting off to a good start, a mental error led to a very poor goal. To the team's credit, we played hard and showed a determined spirit, despite giving up a couple of soft goals."

Mason and Boston College played through a stalemate during the first 34 minutes of action before the home squad struck first. Amit Aburmad beat a defender on the left side and sailed a pass from Diego Medina-Mendez into the back of the net to put Boston College in front, 1-0. Nine minutes later, Charlie Rugg scored on a double-assist to carry BC into halftime with a 2-0 advantage. Rugg beat the keeper in a one-and-one in front of the net for the goal; Isaac Taylor and Aburmad were credited with assists.

Mason produced three shots and two corner kicks in the first 33 minutes of the second half before the teams combined for three goals in the final 12 minutes of play. Mason cut the score in half when Paul Andrews scored his first career goal as a Patriot in the 79th minute. Leo Stolz took a corner kick for Mason and Andrews scored on an assist from Alex Herrera; Stolz was also credited with an assist on the play.

BC pushed its advantage back to two goals 10 minutes later on Rugg's second goal of the match. Challenged by a pair of Mason defenders on the left side of the box, Rugg slipped past the Patriots for an unassisted goal and 3-1 lead.

However, Mason continued to attack in the final minutes as Washington scored in the 89thminute. Washington scored off a Derek Markheim pass from the left of top of the box to account for the final score.

Mason opens its home slate playing host to Howard as part of the D.C. College Cup September 1 and 3. The Patriots welcome George Washington and American in addition to Howard to George Mason Stadium.

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