Nov. 7, 1997

Virginia Men's Soccer Downs George Mason 3-1

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Senior forward Matt Leonard (Fairfax Station, Va.) and junior defender Scott Vermillion (Olathe, Kan.) both tallied a goal and an assist as the eighth-ranked University of Virginia men's soccer team came from behind to post a 3-1 victory over George Mason at Kloeckner Stadium. The Cavaliers held a 17-7 advantage in shots, including an 11-3 edge in the second half. Virginia improves to 12-3-3 on the season, while the Patriots fall to 11-7-2.

George Mason opened the scoring at the 18:02 mark on a goal by sophomore forward Eduardo Lima. Sophomore defender Dave Birchett played a long pass into the right corner for junior midfielder Scott Thelen, who then sent a cross into the penalty box. Lima was waiting at the far post, where he headed the ball in from four yards out.

The Patriots held on to the lead until the 57:51 mark, when Vermillion's goal tied up the game. Freshman midfielder Jason Moore (Lawrenceville, Ga.) took a free kick from 20 yards out in the center after Patriot goalkeeper Paul Marcoullier was called for a hand ball outside the box. Moore's kick hit off a George Mason wall, but Vermillion took the rebound and nailed it into the lower left corner of the goal from 18 yards away in the left center.

The Cavaliers then took the lead on a goal by junior forward Ben Olsen (Middletown, Pa.). Moore brought the ball down the left side of the field and played a long pass ahead to Leonard in the center. Leonard dribbled into the left side of the box before centering the ball to Olsen, who knocked it in from 14 yards out in the right center. Leonard then scored an insurance goal for Virginia at the 88:40 mark. Vermillion played a pass down the center, which Leonard ran onto behind the defense. He dribbled into the box before scoring from 12 yards away.

Virginia's regular season is now complete. The Cavaliers will return to action in the first round of the ACC Tournament, in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday, Nov. 13. UVa will face either North Carolina or Wake Forest.

Virginia 3, George Mason 1
George Mason (11-7-2)       1   0   -   1
Virginia (12-3-3)           0   3   -   3
Scoring: George Mason - Eduardo Lima (Scott Thelen, Dave Birchett) 18:02 
Virginia - Scott Vermillion (Jason Moore) 57:51 
Virginia - Ben Olsen (Matt Leonard, Moore) 64:11 
Virginia - Leonard (Vermillion) 88:40 
Shots: George Mason 7, Virginia 17
Saves: George Mason 3 (Paul Marcoullier 3), Virginia 3 (Brock Yetso 3) 
Corner Kicks: George Mason 3, Virginia 6 
Fouls: George Mason 18, Virginia 12 
Offsides: George Mason 1, Virginia 4 
Attendance: 833