Mason Returns Home to Play Saint Louis Saturday Night


Men's Soccer | 10/12/2017 4:55:00 PM

WHAT: George Mason men's soccer vs. Saint Louis
WHEN: 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14
WHERE: George Mason Stadium, Fairfax, Va.
SERIES RECORD: Mason leads 3-2-1
LAST MEETING: Saint Louis defeated Mason 2-1 on Oct. 25, 2016 in St. Louis, Mo.
RECORDS: George Mason (5-4-2, 0-2-1 Atlantic 10); Saint Louis (3-6-1, 1-2 Atlantic 10)
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FAIRFAX, Va. – After a pair of tough road losses, the George Mason men's soccer team comes home in hopes of returning to its winning ways.

The Patriots host defending Atlantic 10 regular-season champ Saint Louis at 7 p.m. on Saturday at George Mason Stadium. Mason (5-4-2, 0-2-1 A-10) is looking for its first conference win of the year after being shut out on the road by George Washington and Saint Joseph's last week.

The Patriots last scored on Sept. 30 when they drew a 1-1 tie against defending A-10 tournament champ and preseason favorite Fordham in the league opener at George Mason Stadium. Since then, Mason's dynamic offense has been quiet.

The Patriots dropped a 1-0 decision at George Washington on Oct. 4 when the Colonials scored 55 seconds into overtime. Mason then outshot Saint Joseph's 23-13 last Saturday and placed nine shots on goal. But the Hawks' goalkeeper Greg O'Connell made nine saves and St. Joe's got the only offense it would need in the first half before adding a second-half goal on a penalty kick for a 2-0 victory.

Mason still ranks in the top 30 in the country in scoring offense and is second in the A-10 with 1.82 goals a game. Senior captain Henning Dirks leads the league in goals (eight), assists (six) and points (22).

The Patriots have felt right at home at George Mason Stadium, scoring 15 goals for a 2.5 average with three games of three goals or more and a four-goal contest in an overtime win against Binghamton in September. Mason is 4-1-1 at home, with its lone loss an overtime defeat to West Virginia.

Saint Louis (3-6-1, 1-2) has struggled this year after winning the A-10 regular-season title in 2016. The Billikens have lost three of four and rank last in the conference with just 10 goals all year. SLU is coming off a 4-0 loss at VCU, which is currently in a tie for first place in the league, on Wednesday. The Billikens are led by junior Lennart Hein, who has a team-high five goals.

The Patriots hold a 3-2-1 advantage over Saint Louis in the all-time series. Since joining the A-10 in 2013, Mason has defeated SLU twice. But last year the Billikens picked up their first win over the Patriots since 1990 with a 2-1 decision in St. Louis.
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