UMass Can't Hold Lead, Falls At George Mason, 2-1
Oct. 13, 2013
FAIRFAX, Va. - The Massachusetts men's soccer team got out to an early advantage before allowing two second-half goals in a 2-1 setback to George Mason at the GMU Stadium on Sunday.
The loss drops the Minutemen to 1-10-1 overall and 0-2 in Atlantic 10 play following Friday's loss at VCU. UMass will return home next weekend when it faces Rhode Island. Kickoff at Rudd Field on Sunday, Oct. 20 is at 1 p.m.
Junior Josh Schwartz connected with classmate Matt Keys on a corner kick in the 19th minute to put UMass ahead 1-0. The header by the forward from Norfolk, Mass. was his first score of the season and Schwartz's third helper, giving him a team-high 11 points.
That's the way things stood for the remainder of the opening 45, as the visitors were outshot by a 5-1 margin.
George Mason was able to tie things up quickly when Zach Herstek scored his first of the year on a ball that originally deflected off the post on a Hugh Roberts shot.
The Patriots got the game-winning goal with 8:55 left on the clock as Alex Herrera and Timi Mulgrew beat the Minutemen defense into the box where Mulgrew shot it past redshirt freshman goalie Nick Ruiz.
GMU improved to 6-2-1 overall and won it's first-ever A-10 men's soccer contest.
Ruiz made four saves on the day.
Keys led UMass with two shots on goal as his second header on a corner kick in the second half was stopped by Steffan Kraus for half of his two saves.