WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Zoe Doherty scored late in the second
half, but the rally fell short as the George Mason women's soccer team dropped
a 3-1 decision at William and Mary Sunday afternoon. The Tribe used two late
first half goals and an early second half goal to seal the Colonial Athletic
Association win at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field.
Doherty, Liz Hodges and Jordan McDonald each put a shot on
goal for a Mason team plagued by injuries in the lineup as Kelly Thomas was forced to sit out in the conference tilt. William and Mary (7-1-2, 2-0-0) outshot the
Patriots (3-4-3, 0-1-1) 16-5 in the contest. Mary Kate Lowry and Tiana Kallenberger both added
a shot for the Patriots. Dani Rutter and Emory Camper led the Tribe with three
shots apiece. Lyndse Hokanson played the full game in net and recorded a career-high
eight saves, while Tribe goalkeeper Katherine Yount made two stops.
William and Mary scored two late first half goals within five
minutes of each other to carry a 2-0 lead into intermission. Mallory Schaffer
finished an Erin Liberatore pass from the top of the box to the near post from
15 yards out in the 33rd minute for the 1-0 advantage. The Tribe
doubled their lead just under five minutes later when Cortlyn Bristol headed in
a free kick taken by Diana Weigel from the top right corner for a 2-0 halftime
The Tribe quickly cushioned their lead scoring a minute and
35 seconds into the second half on Schaffer's second goal of the contest. From
16 yards out, Schaffer chipped in an Anna Madden pass from the left side.
Mason threatened late in the second half with a Hodges shot
on goal in the 80th minute before Doherty put the Patriots on the
scoreboard eight minutes later. On the set up play, Alyssa Andersen found Doherty
in the middle of the box as the senior connected on the pass and found the back
of the net from 12 yards out at the 87:54 mark to account for the final 3-1 score.
"It was a tough environment to play in against a very good
William and Mary squad," stated head coach Diane Drake. "Both teams struggled
to find rhythm today on tough field conditions. Right now, we are very thin in
our back line due to injuries, but as a team we need to defend better."
Mason returns to action and closes out this
three-game road swing at VCU on Thursday, September 29. Match time is slated
for 7 p.m.