Patriots Battle Billikens in A-10 Tournament Quarterfinal Sunday

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Rafael Suanes/George Mason Univ.

Men's Soccer | 11/2/2018 5:26:00 PM


MEN'S SOCCER vs. SAINT LOUIS (QUARTERFINALS)

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 | 2 p.m.
WHERE: Fairfax, Va. | George Mason Stadium
RECORDS:  Mason (7-7, 5-3 Atlantic 10); Saint Louis (6-3-7, 3-1-4 Atlantic 10)
SERIES RECORD: Tied at 3-3-1 
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TOURNEY TIME
The Patriots (7-7, 5-3) are playing in the Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer Championship for the first time in four years. The winner of Sunday's quarterfinal match advances to a semifinal against either Davidson or Dayton on Nov. 9 on the campus of Saint Louis. 

This is Mason's third appearance in the conference tournament, boasting a 2-1-2 record all-time and the 2013 championship in its inaugural season in the league. Mason is 1-0 in A-10 tournament games against SLU, defeating the Billikens 1-0 in the 2013 championship game.
 
A-10 FINISH
The Patriots finished in a tie for third place in the A-10 for their highest finish since 2013. The No. 3 seed is also their highest in five years. The five A-10 wins are tied for the most in program history and this marks the first winning season in A-10 play since 2014.
 
SCOUTING SAINT LOUIS
The Billikens (6-3-7, 3-1-4 A-10) have lost just once in their last seven games. Their lone setback during that stretch was a 2-1 loss at then-No. 11 Denver on Oct. 23. SLU has been impressive in A-10 play. Aside from regular-season conference champ VCU, the Billikens are the only team with just one loss in A-10 action – a 3-1 loss at Rhode Island on Oct. 3. SLU has also recorded seven draws, which is tied for the most in the country. Freshman John Klein leads the Billikens with nine goals and 19 points. Goalkeeper Seth Steibel has registered five shutouts and has a 0.92 goals against average.

SERIES HISTORY
The all-time series is tied 3-3-1. The Billikens have won the last two meetings, including a 3-2 decision in Fairfax last year. SLU scored the game-winning goal with 10 seconds left off a deflected clear. 
 
LAST TIME OUT
The Patriots shut out Rhode Island in a 2-0 victory on Wednesday night in the regular-season finale at George Mason Stadium. Junior captain Ryan Mingachosscored both goals in the second half for his third multi-goal of his career. Senior goalkeeper Clark Gronek made one save for his fifth career shutout – all coming this year. Coupled with a 1-0 victory at Davidson last Saturday, the Patriots recorded back-to-back A-10 shutouts for the first time in five years. Mason has gone more than 241 minutes without allowing a goal, last surrendering one against VCU on Oct. 20. 
 
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