Men's Soccer Falls to Mason, 3-1, in DC College Cup Opener
Patriots Tally Three in Second Half After Berhanu PK in First Minute
Sept. 1, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC - Junior Yoni Berhanu gave the George Washington men's soccer team a lead just 12 seconds into the match, but the 10-man George Mason side scored three second-half goals to deal the Colonials a 3-1 loss in the opening match of the DC College Cup at American University's Reeves Field Wednesday afternoon.
GW (0-1-0) will look to regroup Saturday when it faces Howard at Reeves Field at 12:00 pm.
A team starting three freshmen and six underclassmen usually needs breaks to succeed early in the season, and GW got a break right at the opening kickoff.
Sophomore Seth Rudolph chased down a long-ball service into the 18-yard box off the opening touch and was taken down by Mason defender Chase Miller. Junior Yoni Berhanu deposited the ensuing penalty kick into the lower left corner for a 1-0 advantage just 12 seconds into the match.
The Colonials got another break in the 14th minute when Miller again took down Rudolph and was issued a red card, reducing the Patriots to 10 men for the final 76 minutes.
Rudolph nearly doubled the lead in the 29th minute when his counterattacking run got in behind a Mason defender, but his shot went begging off the left post.
As the near triple-digit temperatures dragged on into the second half, the breaks shifted toward the undermanned, but more experienced Patriots. George Mason pressured at the start of the second half and eventually got its equalizer in the 58th minute when Eber Martinez's 30-yard free kick took a deflection and beat sophomore goalkeeper Brendan Lafferty to the right corner.
Five minutes later, Lafferty made a point-blank save on a threatening header, but was injured on the ensuing scramble and junior Jake Davis was forced into the net.
Davis snuffed out a trio of dangerous scoring chances, but Mason eventually broke through for the game-winning goal and a late insurance tally.
Alhagi Toure headed home a cross from Brent Brockman for the deciding goal in the 83rd minute and Taylor Morgan beat Davis on a breakaway down the left wing in the 85th to make the final 3-1.
Mason (1-0-0) held a 17-12 edge in shots, including a 10-4 margin the final 45 minutes, and 9-4 advantage in shots on target. Lafferty made three saves in 62 minutes and Davis added three stops in the final 28 minutes.