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Strong results propel George Mason into rankings
by Paul Kennedy, September 27th, 2011 4:14AM
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[TOP 25 SPOTLIGHT] Coached by former Columbus Crew coach Greg Andrulis, George Mason makes its first appearance in the Soccer America Men's Top 25 this season at No. 18 following its 1-0 win over Old Dominion, which went into the game unbeaten and untied with the nation's best offense.

Taylor Morgan's seventh goal of the season was the difference in the game, the CAA opener for both teams.

Freshman Verneri Valimaa and Leo Stolz and sophomore Wesley Sever all had good chances in the first half for the Patriots, but ODU's French goalkeeper, Victor Francoz, could not be beaten.

Mason finally broke through in the 64th minute when it was awarded a penalty kick. Francoz made a diving save to his right on Morgan's penalty kick, but the Englishman collected the rebound and scored on his second shot.

The Patriots have gotten quality results in their last three outings: 1-1 tie with No. 10 UCF, 2-1 win over Cal State Fullerton, which was ranked at the time, and now its win over ODU.

Taylor joined the Patriots last season from Central Connecticut State, and two transfers -- Paul Andrews from Division II champion Northern Kentucky and Julio Arjona from West Virginia -- started against ODU, and Sean O'Reilly, a transfer from St. Francis (Pa.) working on his master's in sports management, saw action off the bench.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? At 20, Fro Adu, younger brother of Freddy Adu, has already finished up his college eligibility at GMU and working with the Patriots this fall as a volunteer assistant coach.

HALL OF FAME. Four former players were inducted into the George Mason Men's Soccer Hall of Fame in a ceremony held during halftime of the Old Dominion match: Mark Ryan (1994-97), Greg Franzke (1989-92), Bob Lilley (1984-87) and Mike Garrett (1979-81). Lilley has gone on to be Coach of the Year in the A-League (1997 and 2003), MISL (2008) and USSF D2 Pro League (2010).



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