WHAT: George Mason men's soccer vs. William & Mary (exhibition)
WHEN: 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20
WHERE: George Mason Stadium, Fairfax, Va.
2015 RECORDS: George Mason (7-7-3, 3-2-3 Atlantic 10); William & Mary (7-8-2, 2-6 CAA)
FAIRFAX, Va. – Preseason play comes to an end this weekend for the George Mason men's soccer team.
The Patriots host William & Mary at 7 p.m. on Saturday at George Mason Stadium in an exhibition match. Admission is free. This marks the second of two exhibition games for Mason, which fell 3-0 at Delaware on Tuesday.
Saturday's game offers the last preseason tuneup for the Patriots before they open the regular season on the road against American on Aug. 26 in Washington, D.C.
The Patriots return 20 letterwinners and nine starters from a team that went 7-7-3 and tied for eighth in the Atlantic 10 Conference in 2015. They also welcome 11 newcomers, including eight freshmen and three transfers.
Among the notable returners are junior forward Henning Dirks, who earned Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team honors after leading the team with seven goals and three assists, and goalkeeper Steffen Kraus. The senior was named to the NSCAA All-Midwest Third Team after posting a .734 save percentage and 47 saves in 12 games.
Head coach Greg Andrulis enters his 12th season at the helm. He has compiled a 104-73-33 record at Mason for the second-most wins in program history. Andrulis has led the Patriots to three NCAA Tournaments, two conference tournament championships and six seasons of 10 wins or more.
William & Mary went 7-8-2 overall and 2-6 in Colonial Athletic Association play in 2015. William Eskay (seven goals, four assists) and Ryder Bell (seven goals, four assists) return as the Tribe's top scorers. William & Mary holds a 24-17-5 edge in the all-time series against Mason. The teams tied 1-1 last year in an exhibition match.