Patriots Down ETSU 6-1
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Patriots Down ETSU 6-1


*Emily Bradshaw recorded her first NCAA goal and assist
*Amanda Nhek recorded her first two collegiate assists
*Niomi Serrano finished with a goal and an assist

FAIRFAX, Va. – The George Mason women's soccer team won its second straight game, scoring four second half goals in a 6-1 victory over East Tennessee State on Friday at George Mason Stadium.

Mason (2-6-0) controlled the play against ETSU (2-6-0) throughout the first half.  Junior forward Emily Littell scored in the 19th minute to give the Patriots a 1-0 lead.  Senior Nicolette Herdegen made it a 2-0 game with her first goal of the season in the 38th minute.  Freshman Amanda Nhek picked up her first collegiate assist on the tally.

"It's nice to see the ball hit the back of the net, we've been struggling in that department," Mason head coach Todd Bramble said.  "I attribute a lot of that to our focus on getting shots on target tonight.  That's what we focused on in training all week and I'm happy that the players took that to heart."

The Patriots broke the game open early in the second half with two goals in span of 47 seconds.

Junior Rebecca Callison increased the advantage to 3-0 with a goal in the 59th minute, finding the upper right corner of the net from 18 yards out.  Callison and Littell are tied for the team lead in goals with two each.

The Buccaneers were then called for a foul inside the box in the 60th minute.  Senior Niomi Serrano converted on the penalty kick for her first goal of the season to make the score 4-0.

"It felt good to get a win under our belt and it will build our confidence," Serrano said.  "I'm pretty confident with my penalty kicks.  I just stepped up and grabbed the ball and ripped it."

After the Buccaneers scored in the 65th minute, the Patriots responded with a pair of goals in a span of four minutes late in the second half.

Mason senior Jenna Hamilton scored in the 83rd minute to pad the Patriots lead to 5-1.  Sophomore Emily Bradshaw, who was appearing for the first time this season, collected her first NCAA assist on the goal.

Bradshaw then found the back of the net just over four minutes later, scoring her first collegiate goal from 20 yards out for the 6-1 final. 

"She's worked hard," said Bramble of Bradshaw's first career tally.  "It's a big milestone for her to get back out and get her first minutes in a real competitive game and then on top of that, to be able to put one in the back of the net, that's outstanding."

Mason scored more than five goals in a game for the first time in 130 contests.  The six goals are the most scored by the Patriots since a 7-0 victory over VMI on Sept. 8, 2010 at George Mason Stadium.   

The Patriots finished with a 29-4 advantage in shots, including 16-2 in shots on goal, both season highs.  Mason had 11 players register at least one shot on goal in the contest and nine different players recorded a goal or an assist in the game.

"That does a lot for us in a lot of different ways," Bramble said.  "There are players that need those game minutes to develop and players like Emily Bradshaw that we needed to get into a game because she's coming back from injury.  There are players that it's good to get out of the game that have played almost 90 minutes in every game that could use a little bit of rest."

The Patriots are back in action on Sunday afternoon, hosting Penn with the kickoff scheduled for 2 p.m. at George Mason Stadium.
 
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