FAIRFAX, Va. - The George Mason men's soccer team battled
undefeated No. 8/10 Central Florida to a 1-1 draw Friday night at George Mason
Stadium. With his fifth goal of the season, Taylor Morgan gave the Patriots the
early lead, but the Knights evened the scored late in the first half as the
teams played over 65 minutes of scoreless action.
The Patriots (2-2-2) outshot the Knights 13-6, including a
6-1 second half advantage. Morgan, Leo Stolz, Ryan Gracia and Timmy Mulgrew each
took three shots to lead the Patriots; Mulgrew put two on frame. Warren
Creavalle attempted two shots to pace the Knights. Central Florida (5-0-1) goalkeeper
Shawn Doyle recorded three saves in the contest, while Mason goalkeeper Sean
Cote picked up one.
Mason scored first using a Morgan goal in the 21st
minute. On a free kick, Stolz played the ball in from the far side to Morgan on
the left corner of the net. The junior put it away from three-yards out for the
early 1-0 lead.
Central Florida leveled the match just over eight minutes
later, also coming off a free kick. From the near side, Nik Robson sailed the
kick to McKauly Tulloch in the center of the box as the Knight finished the
play from five-yards out in the 29th minute to complete the scoring
for the contest.
The Knights had a solid scoring opportunity late in the first
half to take the lead as Cote came out to challenge an approaching play. Creavalle
passed Cote on the right, took a shot from the far side, but Eric Zuehsow
blocked out the attempt as the teams entered intermission tied at 1-all.
Mason took six shots in the second half, putting two on
frame, to UCF's one shot. The Patriots first threatened to take the lead in the
75th minute when Mulgrew blasted a shot from the far side to the
right corner, but Doyle came up with the save. Stolz received the rebound and
sent a shot just high.
In the 80th minute, Stolz curled around a Knight
defender and put a shot on goal, but Doyle punched it out for his second save
of the half, as Mason saw its second scoring chance in the half. On the rebound,
Mason attempted another shot in the corner, but was called for an offside to
Mulgrew put a shot on goal in the second overtime period,
but was unable to convert as Doyle recorded his third and final save of the
game. Mason limited Central Florida to one shot in both overtimes periods as
the teams ended the contest in a 1-1 draw.
Mason returns to the field and plays host to Cal State
Fullerton on Sunday, September 18. Match time is slated for a 4 p.m. start
following the conclusion of the women's contest against Penn beginning at 2