FAIRFAX, Va. – Senior Timi Mulgrew scored the first three goals of the match and sophomore Colton Amidon tallied the final three as the George Mason men’s soccer went on to shutout Howard 7-0 in its opening game of the 2014 season on Friday.
The Patriots move to 1-0-0 while the Bison fall 0-1-0 in the first game of the season for both teams. The match was also the first of the 2014 Kuykenstrong D.C. College Cup, hosted this season at American University.
“A good first step for this group, from start to finish a quality performance,” commented head coach Greg Andrulis. “Timi Mulgrew showed true class on his first goal and that really inspired a terrific first half. Defensively we were solid and although Steffen wasn't asked to do much he was clutch at two key moments of the game. It was also great to see Colton Amidon finish his chances with such finesse.”
The Mason offense was able to hold strong for the entirety of the match, outshooting Howard 10-4 in the first half and 10-2 in second for a 20-6 shot advantage. Shots on goal were also in favor of the Patriots with four from Mulgrew and three from Amidon to help total 12 to Howard’s four.
Mulgrew put Mason on the board in the 17th minute with a touch shot just over the extended hand of goalkeeper Eric Hamilton for the 1-0 lead. The senior scored his second of the match in the 29th minute, putting his ball inside the left post after a run out from the middle of the field. Jannik Eckenrode added the assist on Mulgrew’s first two goals of the match before a shot was ripped from 20 yards out for Mulgrew’s third goal of the half in the 37th minute off a pass from Daniel Hoffman.
Scoring continued into the second half when freshman Henning Dirks buried his first collegiate regular season goal in the 62nd minute, finishing off a cross from Mulgrew in front of the net. Mulgrew finished the contest with three goals and one assist for seven total points.
Amidon netted the first of his three in the 75th minute off a feed from Conlan Kemmerer inside the box and added his second of the game less than three minutes later in traffic from three yards out on a ball from Noah Kemble. The sophomore scored his third and the team’s final goal of the match from four yards out on a misplay by the keeper in the 81st minute.
Steffen Kraus spent the majority of the game in net, making four saves before being relieved by Michael Butts in the 78th minute. The team records its first shutout of the season after totaling nine in 2013. Mason also led on corners, 7-3.
The Patriots wrap up competition in the Kuykenstrong D.C. College Cup on Sunday, August 31 at 3 p.m. with a match against American.
“Sunday against American will be a great test for us,” continued Andrulis, “and one we are looking forward to.”