The George Mason men's soccer
team is off to a perfect 6-0 start, its best since the 1985
team went 12-0. The Patriots are coming off of a 2-1 win over UMBC on Saturday,
scoring twice in the first half to hold on for the win. Sophomore Timi Mulgrew
netted Mason's first goal in the eighth minute and added an assist on
Taylor Morgan's game-winning goal in the 29th minute.
Mulgrew currently leads Mason
with 12 points (4g, 4a), while Morgan has a team-high five goals. Senior Dustin
Butcher has been the mainstay in goal, starting all six matches and posting a
0.81 goals-against average and a .615 save percentage. As a team, Mason has
outscored its opponents 18-5 this season, and is one of the most potent
offenses in the nation, ranking fourth in scoring offense (3.0 goal per game average), eighth
with 18 goals and 14th with 47 total points.
The Patriots enter the week
ranked 37th in the TopDrawerSoccer.com weekly poll and will look to
jump into the NSCAA National Top 25 (released Tuesday afternoon) after sitting
just outside last week, standing third amongst schools receiving votes.
Regionally, the squad ranked third in the NSCAA South Atlantic Region poll
behind Maryland and Old Dominion.
SOCCER vs. Navy
WHEN: Tuesday, September 18
at 7:00 p.m.
Mason (6-0-0), Navy (2-2-1)
SERIES RECORD: Mason
October 30, 1991; Mason won, 1-0, in Fairfax
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Mason and Navy renew an old CAA
rivalry as the two squads meet for the first time since 1991, the first season after
Navy left the conference. Mason won the 1991 matchup, 1-0, and has won the last
four meetings dating back to 1989, including a 3-0 win over the Midshipmen in
the 1990 CAA Tournament.
Navy owns a 2-2-1 overall record
and is coming off of a 5-0 win over Richmond on Saturday. The Midshipmen scored
all five goals in the first half, the first time it scored five goals since 2010
and the most goals scored in a half since 1995. Individually, Navy is led by
Alex Wilson's six points (2g, 2a), while Grant Valenstein has added two goals
of his own. In net, Gavin Snyder has started all five matches, posting a 1.48
goals-against average and a .611 save percentage. Navy has faced two CAA opponents
this season, losing to ODU, 4-0, in its season opener before tying Delaware,
1-1, last Wednesday.