FAIRFAX, Va. – Sophomore Jannik Eckenrode scored for the third time in four games and freshman keeper Steffen Kraus recorded his seventh shutout of the season as the George Mason men’s soccer team chalked up a fourth win in the Revolutionary Rivalry series over George Washington on Sunday.
The 2-0 victory moves the Patriots to 9-2-3 this season and their 4-0-2 Atlantic 10 record assures at least a tie for first place in the current conference standings with two games remaining in the regular season. George Washington’s record turns to 5-8-2 this season, 2-2-2 in conference.
It was another strong defense effort for Mason, allowing only four shots from GW in the contest. Kraus needed to make two saves, both coming in the second half, to preserve the shutout. The Green and Gold recorded four shots on goal and 19 total, including Eckenrode’s goal in the 19th minute on an assist from Timi Mulgrew who added a goal of his own in the final minute of play.
After a Mulgrew pass from the left side, Eckenrode was able to dribble around a defender and put the ball in the left side of the net for his fifth of the season and third in the last four games. To finalize the victory Mulgrew gained possession of the ball 40-yards out in the 90th minute, carrying it up the field to draw Colonials keeper Luke Farrell out of the net and put it in the left side for the final 2-0 score.
Mason continues their final stretch of road games when they head to Pittsburgh, Pa. on Friday, November 8 to face Duquesne at 7 p.m.