Men's Soccer Welcomes George Mason

Oct. 2, 2017

George Washington men's soccer is back home Wednesday, facing George Mason in its Atlantic 10 home opener. The Colonials (3-5-2, 0-1 A-10) and Patriots renew their Revolutionary Rivalry at GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus with a 2 p.m. start.

LAST TIME OUT: GW began conference play Saturday with a 2-1 loss at Rhode Island. The Colonials pulled within a goal on Oscar Haynes Brown's 82nd-minute score but couldn't complete the comeback.

IN FOCUS: Thor Arne Höfs has stayed busy in the GW net. With seven more saves at Rhode Island, the junior from Germany has now made 52 stops through 10 games. Only St. Bonaventure's Luke Iacobellis has recorded more among A-10 keepers.

FUN FACT: U.S. Soccer star Christian Pulisic's parents met at George Mason in the late 1980's. His father, Mark, was a member of the Patriots squad that GW beat in the first round of the 1989 NCAA Tournament. Here's a great feature about the family's ties to the school from earlier this season.

SCOUTING GEORGE MASON: The Patriots (5-2-2, 0-0-1) also kicked off A-10 play Saturday, battling Fordham to a 1-1 draw. Henning Dirks put them in front with his conference-leading eighth goal, but the Rams produced the equalizer late in regulation and held on to earn a point on the road.

Offense hasn't been an issue for George Mason, which leads the A-10 at 2.22 goals per game. Dirks has factored in on 14 of its 20 goals through nine games, while Ryan Mingachos has added five goals and two assists.

COMING UP: GW has another home date coming Saturday with a matchup against Dayton. It's a 2 p.m. kickoff at GW Soccer Field. The Colonials will mark National Breast Cancer Awareness Month through a partnership with Dawn's Ray of Hope, which raises money to support families affected by the disease.

WATCH & LEARN: Head Coach Craig Jones, Koby Osei-Wusu and Dylan Lightbourn preview Wednesday's matchup with George Mason.



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