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Men’s Soccer Player Blog Courtesy of Mike Foss

If it’s a Wednesday in October, the GoMason Blog knows there must be a men’s soccer match. That’s right tonight, at George Mason Stadium, the Patriots will look for their third-straight CAA victory as they take on the Delaware Blue Hens at 7 p.m. Here with this week’s men’s soccer player blog is redshirt junior Mike Foss:

“After dismal games against Drexel and William & Mary two weeks ago, we turned things around with wins against Towson and James Madison this past week.

“It’s definitely easier to get on a losing-streak than a winning-streak. It’s also harder to break. Once you start losing, you begin trying different things to break the habit. The coaching staff tried breaking the tension with some fun warm-ups before training and some motivational videos.

“Personally, I started watching The Mighty Ducks before each game. When I was six-years-old, I would always watch the last fifteen minutes of The Mighty Ducks before I played. It always got me super pumped. Anyway, what worked as a six-year-old apparently paid off against Towson last Wednesday. We grabbed a big 3-2 win and I notched the first goal in my Mason career. Thank you, Emilio Estevez.

“October started out rough but we sit two points out of playoff contention with five games to play. It isn’t the ideal scenario but we still control our post-season destiny. Our confidence is back.

“We’re also scoring goals. Six in two games. Two from Ernesto “Ernie” Marquez. If you like history, you may be able to appreciate the corollaries between our team this season and 2008’s CAA championship team.

“Looking down and out, 11th in the conference in mid-October, Mason rattled off eight-consecutive wins on our way to a CAA championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. We did so behind the offensive onslaught of Kwame Adjeman-Pamboe — better known to his teammates as “JJ.”

“The successes of JJ and Ernie have an uncanny resemblance to each other. Both were relatively quiet in the early stages of the year and both helped spark winning streaks.

“Will Ernie’s spark light a flame to another CAA championship? I believe it can. I know the team believes. That’s all we really need for success. It’s going to be an exciting final three weeks of the season.”


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