Men's Soccer Welcomes Binghamton for Game of the Week Friday

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Men's Soccer | 9/7/2017 11:44:00 AM

WHAT: George Mason men's soccer vs. Binghamton
WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 8
WHERE: George Mason Stadium, Fairfax, Va.
SERIES RECORD: Tied at 0-0-1
LAST MEETING: Tied 0-0 on Sept. 8, 2013 in Fairfax, Va.
RECORDS: George Mason (2-1-1, 0-0 Atlantic 10); Binghamton (2-2, 0-0 America East)
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GAME OF THE WEEK: Mason students with a valid Mason student ID will receive a free Mason fidget spinner (while supplies last) at Friday's game of the week doubleheader with women's soccer.

FAIRFAX, Va. – A welcome sight will greet the George Mason men's soccer team this weekend – home.

The Patriots begin a three-game homestand against Binghamton at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at George Mason Stadium. So far, Mason (2-1-1) has felt right at home at George Mason Stadium, winning both of its home games – against then-No. 19 Coastal Carolina and American two weeks ago.

Friday night's matchup will cap off a doubleheader with the Mason women's team, who hosts Rutgers at 5 p.m. Admission is free to both games for Mason students with a valid Mason student ID. In addition, the games are both the Game of the Week and Mason students will receive free Mason fidget spinners (while supplies last).

The Patriots return to Fairfax after their first road trip of the year – a pair of games in New York last weekend. Last Friday, they fell 3-1 at Albany. The Great Danes, who won the America East tournament championship and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 last year, scored twice in the last five minutes of regulation to break up a 1-1 tie.

On Sunday, Mason registered a 2-2 tie against Siena. Senior captain Henning Dirks scored in the 88th minute to give the Patriots a 2-1 lead. But the Saints answered right back less than a minute later for the equalizer and to force overtime. Freshman goalkeeper Corey Chambers made a career-high nine saves and is currently tied for fifth in the country with 22 saves. Dirks had two goals and an assist during the two games last weekend and currently leads the team in goals (three), assists (three) and points (nine).

Binghamton (2-2) is coming off a pair of losses at the James Madison Tournament to James Madison and then-No. 15 Virginia Tech. Binghamton opened the season with a home win against Atlantic 10 foe George Washington and a road win at Colgate. The Bearcats are led by freshman Noah Luescher, who has a team-high two goals and two assists this season. Binghamton went 7-6-6 in 2016 and finished seventh in the America East.

The Patriots and Binghamton have met just once before, on Sept. 8, 2013 in Fairfax, as the game ended in a scoreless tie.
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