FAIRFAX, Va. – In a defensive battle between both teams, the decision came in the 96th minute as William & Mary scored first in overtime to secure a 1-0 victory Friday night at George Mason Stadium. With the loss Mason dips to 0-2 on the season, while W&M improved to 1-0.
The teams played through two scoreless regulation periods, both seeing opportunities and strong defense limiting the amount of shots taken. The Tribe outshot the Patriots 6-4 in the first period, but the teams were even in the second with four shots apiece. The Tribe looked to score in the 37th minute when Haley Kent crossed it to Leci Irvin on the near side as Irvin blasted a shot into a crouching Briana Kottler. Mason’s Kylie Shultz tested Caroline Casey in the 41st minute as the sophomore’s shot was stopped by Casey as the teams entered intermission scoreless.
After a back-and-forth second half where neither team recorded a shot on goal, the former conference foes entered overtime scoreless. Samantha Cordum struck first, but the Tribe’s shot went wide of the goal before Irvin broke through for the first tally of the game in the 96th minute. Just over five minutes into the extra period, Irvin, coming down the near side, found the foot of Rachel Moore’s pass and blasted a shot from the near corner of the net into the far corner past the hands of Kottler for the only goal of the game.
Both goalkeepers recorded two stops in the contest as William & Mary capped the contest with 12 shots to Mason’s eight. Both teams took two corner kicks as Kylie Shultz and Emma Starr led the Patriots with two shots apiece. Brenna Connell and Shultz each posted a shot on goal.
The Patriots return to action looking to rebound from this weekend, hosting East Carolina on Friday at 7 p.m.