When the going gets tough…
The men’s soccer team opened its 2010 season yesterday and in case you missed it, they scored three short-handed goals in the second half to come from behind and beat George Washington on Wednesday. It was close to 100 degrees with no shade at Reeves Athletic Complex on the campus of American University and the Patriots trailed 1-0 after just 12 seconds. A GW penalty kick put the Colonials on top from the start. Less than 15 minutes into the match, things got even tougher for the Patriots as they picked up a red card, putting them not only down a goal, but down a man.
It says a lot about a team to be able to overcome those obstacles but perhaps nothing says more than this little anecdote witnessed on the Mason bench.
With 12:50 to play in the match and the score tied 1-1, Mason sophomore Alhagi Toure came out of the match after having been on the field for 32 minutes. He went to the bench and proceeded to pour water bottle after water bottle over his head until he was drenched from head to toe. He laid down in the shade under the table with the water buckets. That’s when Mason head coach Greg Andrulis called out “Hag, you got anything left?” Looking like a player who hadn’t stepped on the field that day, the response came “Yeah, I’m good.”
Less than three minutes after coming out of the match, Toure went right back in and less than three minutes after that, Toure scored the game-winner for the Patriots.
THAT tells you what you need to know about the heart of the 2010 Mason men’s soccer team