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Men’s Soccer Blog Courtesy of Eric Zuehsow

If you joined us last week, you probably caught Fro Adu’s Blog when the senior co-captain spoke about the team’s win against Richmond and upcoming matches against Maryland Old Dominion. This week, the other co-captain, redshirt junior Eric Zuehsow brings us the men’s soccer player blog entry. Zuehsow, who hails from Ashburn, Va., has played in 43 matches starting 38 of those contests.

“Our game against Maryland was definitely a tough loss to swallow. Coming off a 2-0 victory last year, we wanted to get some sort of result away at their stadium. But they returned the favor with a 2-0 victory of their own. The loss was of course disappointing, but I think even more so was our overall performance on the field. We didn’t play to our potential and were a caught a bit on our heels defending for most of the game. It’s unfortunate that we gave up two set-piece goals since it is something we have addressed before, but it’s over with now and we’ll seek to improve. Overall Maryland is a very strong opponent, very organized and athletic. We could end up playing Maryland again later this season as they are a potential NCAA opponent, so if we do we’ll be looking to even up the score.

“On the road again at ODU, we knew we were coming up against a tough opponent as they are traditionally one of the stronger teams in the conference. Last year they left us with a bitter 1-0 loss at home to end our season, so that gave us a bit of extra motivation going into our first conference match of this season. The overall game was a good battle and although some teams might be happy with a draw away to a tough opponent, we left there a bit unsatisfied with the 0-0 result. We felt as though we controlled the game a little more with our possession and even though they outshot us by a small margin, we felt like we had a few more quality chances to put the game away. Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be and we start the conference off with a draw.

“Next up is VCU at home and we’re all excited about that. VCU is always a talented group of players and with a new coach this year, we’re not quite sure what to expect. It’s important for us to get a result here because we don’t want to be in the bottom of the CAA standings early on and have to chase the rest of the pack as the season moves forward. We’ve gone two games now without scoring a goal, so I’m sure our forwards are gunning to get out there and hit top form. The players are all excited to be playing at home again and are aware that we need a good result, so it should be a great day to come and watch!”

That match against VCU is Saturday at George Mason Stadium at 5 p.m. The Patriots will play a match every Wednesday in the month of October, and the GoMason Blog will continue to bring you player blogs every Wednesday throughout the season.


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