Men's Soccer Tripped Up by Hofstra, 3-1
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Men's Soccer Tripped Up by Hofstra, 3-1

FAIRFAX, Va. - The Hofstra men's soccer team scored three unanswered goals to earn its first CAA victory of the season as it defeated George Mason, 3-1, on Wednesday evening at George Mason Stadium.

With the win, Hofstra improved to 7-3-1 overall and 1-2 in the CAA, while the Patriots dropped to 7-3 overall and 1-2 in conference action.

Hofstra set the pace from the beginning, and after several opportunities finally found the net in the 27th minute. Joseph Holland connected on a breakaway feed from Chris Griebsch, beating the Mason defense before chipping the ball over the head of keeper Dustin Butcher for a 1-0 lead.

The Pride maintained its quick pace, scoring just over 11 minutes later on an unassisted tally by Chris Grenzig.

Mason attempted to take back the momentum, but was unable to capitalize on several corner kicks before entering the break, with the score remaining at 2-0. Hofstra owned a 5-4 advantage in shots, while the Patriots led, 6-2, in corner kicks.  

Hofstra maintained control to open the second stanza and registered its final goal on a long shot by Maid Memic in the 58th minute. Griebsch picked up his second assist of the match, tapping the ball to Memic who sent it to the back of the net, putting the Pride up, 3-0.

The Patriots responded, attempting to gain a momentum swing with a goal by senior Taylor Morgan just 44 seconds later. Mason freshman Brice Colcombe took a throw-in for the Patriots from the left side of the field, and his strong toss found the head of Morgan camped out at the right post to put Mason on the board, 3-1.

Mason kept its pace, taking two corner kicks and three shots over the next 10 minutes but it was not enough as Hofstra held the Patriots to just one shot over the final 24 minutes en route to its first conference win of the season.

For the match, the Pride held a 14-9 shot advantage, while the Patriots owned an 8-3 edge in corner kicks. Butcher played the first half for Mason, allowing two goals while making two stops. Junior Sean Cote played the final 45:00, allowing one goal with six saves. Hofstra keeper Adam Janowski earned the win, playing the duration and stopping two shots.

The Patriots return to action on Saturday, hosting Longwood in non-conference action at 7:00 p.m.

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