FAIRFAX, Va. – The George Mason men’s soccer team claimed its fourth-consecutive D.C. College Cup title using a 2-1 triumph over American University in the final game of the tournament Sunday night. The Patriots erased an early deficit and used goals from Hugh Roberts and Wes Sever to secure the win.
With the victory, Mason remained undefeated on the season, moving to 2-0, while American dipped to 1-1. For the contest, the home squad outshot the Eagles 12-8, including an 8-2 shots on goal advantage. The Patriots conceded just two shots on goal in the first half and held American to just three shots in the final stanza, none on target. Mason goalkeeper Steffen Kraus picked up the win with one save, while American’s Billy Knutsen collected eight six stops.
It was a back-and-forth affair in the first half as American gained the lead in the 12th minute only for Mason to knot the score just over four minutes later. The Eagles struck first as Cristobal Soto converted a penalty kick after being taken down in the box for the 1-0 American lead. The lead was short-lived as Hugh Roberts scored the equalizer for Mason in the 16th minute. Following an American foul, Timi Mulgrew took a free kick for the Patriots, struck it to the left of a line of Eagle defenders, forcing goalkeeper Billy Knutsen to dive to the right to block the kick. On the rebound, Roberts was in position to blast it past Knutsen to tie the score at 1-1. Both teams saw solid scoring opportunities the remainder of the half, but could not convert as the teams stood tied at 1-1 at the break.
Mason took its first and final lead of the game just over four minutes into the second half. On the far side, Jannik Eckenrode touch passed it to Alex Herrera who delivered the feed to Sever inside the box. Sever, for the second consecutive game, scored the game-winner pushing it past the keeper for the 2-1 Mason advantage. American saw an opportunity just minutes later using a free kick, but the shot hit the post and rolled out of bounds.
Mason returns to the pitch welcoming Denver to George Mason Stadium on Friday, September 6 at 7 p.m.