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Virginia Sneaks Away with 1-0 Exhibition Win Against Men's Soccer
Courtesy: George Mason Athletics
Release: 08/19/2011

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The George Mason men's soccer team outshot Virginia in the final game of preseason competition, but a Cavalier goal in the 29th minute was enough for the home squad to seal the win, 1-0, Friday night at Klockner Stadium.

"We are disappointed the result," stated head coach Greg Andrulis. "Virginia is a talented, well-coached team that was able to capitalize on our error. We weren't sharp enough in the final third, but the positive is we created ample opportunities to score and just came up short. Now it's time to focus on our regular season opener next Friday in Boston."

Derek Markheim and Ryan Garcia led the Patriots with four shots apiece as the Green and Gold combined for 14 total shots. Verneri Valimaa added two shots, while Julio Arjona, Leo Stolz, Laurent Newsome and A.J. Sheta each had one. Virginia combined for 12 shots. Dustin Butcher and Mark Bixler split the time in the net with Butcher earning the start and picking up two saves.

The first half saw few scoring chances for either team as a combined five shots were taken before the lone goal of the contest. In the 29th minute, Ari Dimas scored off a cross pass from Will Bates from 18-yards out for the eventual game-winner. Mason took nine shots in the second half to Virginia's five, but was unable to convert an attempt in the final 45 minutes.

Mason returns to action opening regular season play on Friday, August 26 at Boston College at 4 p.m. and then hosts the D.C. College Cup, September 1st and 3rd at George Mason Stadium.

The 2011 Fall Sports Season Pass, which includes admission into men's soccer, women's soccer and women's volleyball home contests, is currently on sale for only $30. Fans can purchase the season pass online at or by calling the Mason Athletic Ticket Office at 703-993-3270.