Men's Soccer Battles George Mason to 1-1 Draw in Season Opener
Aug. 29, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington junior Andy Stadler scored an equalizing goal 19 seconds following George Mason's opening strike and redshirt senior Matt Scheer stopped a career-high 10 shots as the Colonials' men's soccer team tied the Patriots, 1-1, in the opening match of the DC College Cup at American's Reeves Field Friday.
Stadler, GW's leading scorer a season ago, benefited from the wet conditions when his header off freshman Yoni Berhanu's cross slipped through the grasp of Mason goalkeeper Sean Kelley and into the net for the game-tying goal at the 73:21 mark.
Mason opened the scoring just 19 seconds earlier on Patrick Barthold's one-time strike off Irvin Martinez's corner kick. Martinez's free kick skipped through the box to a waiting Barthold, who fired a right-footed shot into the lower left corner.
A defensive battle turned into an open, fast-paced match following the goal scoring, with both teams creating a number of scoring chances during the final 16 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime. Just after netting the equalizer, Stadler made a near-post run behind the Patriots defense, but had his one-time attempt turned away by Kelley.
Scheer did his part in preserving the draw, making six saves over the final 65 minutes of the match. Scheer charged and made a sliding stop on Axel Levry's 10-yard strike with 3:20 left in regulation and turned away Richard Edgar's point-blank shot with less than five minutes to play in the second overtime period.
Mason led in shots, 24-19, and corner kicks, 9-7. Stadler put four of his six shot attempts on target to lead GW's attack, while freshman Ryan Ruffing put all three of his attempts on goal.
GW, the defending DC College Cup champion, returns to action Sunday at 12:00 pm against Howard. The Colonials beat the Bison 3-2 in double overtime to clinch last year's DC College Cup title.