A big weekend of women’s soccer on tap in Fairfax as the Patriots host Old Dominion tonight and William & Mary on Sunday. This season we’ve begun offering video for the home matches with the audio provided by WGMU. Among the “analysts” for some of the men’s games are women’s soccer players Capricia Alston and Kimmy Moss.
The last time the women’s team took the pitch, they came within 11 minutes of upsetting No. 7 Maryland on the road. Here is the first women’s soccer player blog entry, written by Moss. The senior from South Riding, Va. has played in 59 matches for the Patriots with four career goals. She has two assists this season playing in both the midfield and on the back line.
“FINALLY, SOME CAA GAMES! As we enter this weekend, the team is very excited to begin our regular season play with ODU on Friday and William & Mary on Sunday. Having been back at school since the beginning of August for preseason, we’ve been waiting around for conference games for awhile now.
“We grew a lot as a team during our out-of-conference play this season. It’s always hard at the beginning of a season to have everything come into place right away. You find glimpses of great play during games, but struggle to maintain that play consistently. Fortunately for us, at the conclusion of our out-of-conference season, it seems like we understand how hard we need to work and what we need to do on the field in order to connect. We support each other and are all willing to do whatever it takes to win. With all of these things combined, I really believe that we know what rhythm we need to find on the field in order to be successful, and we are fully capable of finding that rhythm right from kickoff.
“Just in our last two games, we learned some valuable lessons that will only make us stronger as we begin the third phase of our season. While we had a fantastic second half against UMBC and went on to win 4-3, we realized how important it is to not come out flat. Trailing UMBC at halftime was a huge wake up call. It’s one thing be a little slow at the start of a game, but conceding two goals to a team we had far more talent than? Unacceptable. With that said, our refuse-to-lose mentality that we brought to the second half helped establish the standard by which we need to always play by. And fortunately, since then, I don’t think we have failed to play with that same passion. So as frustrating as that game may have been initially, we grew from the experience for the better and are not looking back.
“As for our game against Maryland… well, what can you really say after almost beating the No. 7 team in the country? At the end of the day, almost winning doesn’t equal winning. But knowing that we may not lose again this season if we battle all the teams in the CAA like we did Maryland? Now that’s a good feeling. If anything, that game gave us confidence that we are capable of playing with anyone if every single player on our team shows up to play at her very best.
“But just making all these incredibly optimistic claims (as I often do simply because that’s the type of person I am!) means nothing. It’s time to back everything up on the field now, and I don’t doubt that we are fully prepared to do so. If we can continue to play with great passion, determination, and patience in each and every game, we will go very far this season. All we have to do is take it one game at a time.”
The women’s soccer team opens the CAA season tonight at 6 p.m. Here are some interviews with Omolyn Davis, Nicole Peters and head coach Diane Drake talking about this weekend’s action. Hope everyone can make it out tonight. And if you can’t make it to tonight’s women’s soccer match, you can catch the women’s volleyball team in action tomorrow night when they open CAA play by hosting James Madison at 7 p.m. The Patriots won the CAA title last year so everyone will be gunning for them this year.
Following the women’s soccer match on Sunday will be the Student-Athlete Olympics. In the past, the Athletics Department has sponsored a Student-Athlete Picnic. This year’s event will be in the Field House immediately following the match. For about two hours the school’s 22 varsity sports will be divided into 10 teams and compete a la Color War in events such as Tug of War, Balloon Toss and Dodge Ball. If GoMason Blog was running the event, we would stack the Green and Gold teams.
It’s another busy weekend for Mason student-athletes with both soccer teams competing locally.
The women’s volleyball team gets the weekend started at the Virginia Tournament as the Patriots face Stony Brook today at 4 p.m. Tomorrow evening, Mason will face host-school Virginia at 7 p.m. The women’s volleyball team is 4-6 on the year but they have lost their past three outings as they were winless at the Rutgers Tournament last weekend. Stony Brook is 4-7 on the season while the Cavaliers are 5-4. Holly Goode continues to lead Mason in kills with 100 and she is third in digs and blocks with 91 and 21, respectively.
Next up is the women’s soccer team which travels to College Park tonight to take on the seventh-ranked Terrapins. That’s right, Maryland is ranked No. 7 in the nation and the Patriots will put their three-match winning streak on the line against the Terps, who are 7-0-0 on the year. Mason (4-2-0) will be playing its final non-conference match of the year against quite possibly the toughest opponent it will face all season. Mason last played Maryland in 2008. One thing going in Mason’s favor is the last time the Patriots beat Maryland came when the Terrapins were nationally ranked. Omolyn Davis continues to be among the nation’s best in assists as she already has six to go with four goals.
The men’s and women’s cross country teams will head up to Newark to compete in the Delaware Invitational as the Patriots look to continue their strong early-season running. The men won last weekend at the JMU Open while the women, who last competed two weeks ago, finished second at the Mount St. Mary’s 5k Duals.
Finishing off the weekend is the men’s soccer team. The Patriots, who are 3-1-0 with their lone loss coming in overtime to nationally-ranked Penn, host Richmond in the first regular-season home match of the year. The Patriots are ranked seventh in the NSCAA South Atlantic region along with six other CAA schools. Mason also is receiving votes in the national poll. Along with four other CAA schools.
Wingstock ’10 presented by Hard Times Café will also take place at the men’s soccer match. There will be free wings and t-shirts for the first 400 students with a valid Mason student ID. At halftime, there will be a wing-eating contest with a $500 cash prize, courtesy of Ken’s Blue Cheese Dressing.
It was a good weekend to be wearing the Green and Gold.
The men’s soccer team, after second-place finishes each of the past two seasons, finally broke through and won the D.C. College Cup, beating American on the Eagles’ home field, 1-0. The Patriots scored midway through the first half and survived some ridiculously good shots by American. The Eagles had a slew of scoring opportunities but the Patriots stepped up repeatedly. Maybe that’s why a pair of Mason defenders were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Mason probably doesn’t win the D.C. College Cup without contributions from their freshmen. Sean Cote, Alex Herrera and Wesley Sever all started for the Patriots while Hugh Roberts, Geaton Caltabiano and Zak Haapaoja all played significant roles in the wins. It was just a few weeks ago that Mason’s recruiting class was named 13th in the nation and they showed why in the victory. Here’s Mason junior Eber Martinez speaking about how satisfying the win was and how well the Mason defense and midfield played in the two games:
The men’s team will return to action next weekend, playing at Penn on Friday night at 8 p.m. and at Villanova on Sunday at Noon.
The women’s volleyball team got off strong in the Patriot Invitational, rallying from two sets down on Friday night to beat Army, then topping West Virginia on Saturday morning, 3-0. A win over Charlotte in the nightcap would give Mason the Patriot Invitational title for the third time in four seasons. Holly Goode and Kelsey Bohman have picked up where they left off last year, leading the team in kills and blocks, respectively. Danielle Cook and Kelly McCarter have each made contributions this year.
The women’s soccer team may not have beaten 22nd-ranked Georgetown, but don’t think some important things didn’t happen at North Kehoe Field. Midway through the first half, Zoe Doherty made her Mason debut after missing the first three games. She was cleared by the NCAA on Friday evening and the transfer from Dublin City University in Ireland finally got on the pitch. Mason coaches think she will be an impact forward for the team. Also making her collegiate debut in net was Lyndse Hokanson. The freshman who did play in the field against Howard found her way into the net against the Hoyas. Hokanson, who may be the future in net for the Patriots, allowed two goals but did make three saves INCLUDING stopping a penalty kick.
Hokanson’s instincts proved right when Caitlin Durkee lined up for a PK in the 89th minute and as Hokanson went low and to her left stopping the shot cold.
We have it on good authority that Georgetown head coach Dave Nolan, who was an assistant under Mason head coach Diane Drake when she was with the Hoyas, might have mentioned to his team that he didn’t want his former boss to pick up her 100th career win on their field. Drake will look for that milestone on Monday against American in a match played at Georgetown as part of the D.C. Invitational.
Finally, the women’s cross country team has run once this season but has a 5-1 record. That’s right, the women’s cross country team is 5-1 after competing at the Mount St. Mary’s 5K Duals. The meet was scored using the dual-meet format, so Mason beat Mount St. Mary’s, Maryland, UMBC, Saint Francis (Pa.) and George Washington, but lost to American. Laura Sinclair was third overall while Sandy Castro and Victoria Saimyn were eighth and ninth, respectively. The women’s cross country team will return to action on Sept. 18 at the Delaware Invitational.
It’s Labor Day weekend and every Mason team that’s in season is in action. Today, the women’s cross country team heads up to Mount St. Mary’s to compete for the first time this year. Keep an eye on a pair of sophomores, Rochelle Sceats and Laura Sinclair. Both were named All-CAA last season.
This evening, the women’s volleyball team opens the Patriot Invitational. Army, Charlotte and West Virginia are the other teams in the tournament. Mason plays Army tonight at 7 p.m., West Virginia tomorrow at 1 p.m. and Charlotte tomorrow at 7 p.m. Click here for the tournament schedule. The Patriots have last year’s CAA Player of the Year in Holly Goode. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for youth/seniors or you can use your Fall Sports Pass (you do have a fall sports pass, right?). Live video is also available for all the matches.
Tomorrow is a big day for soccer as both teams play in The District. For the true Mason soccer fan, the day will begin at Noon at Georgetown as the women’s team takes on the Hoyas in the D.C. Invitational. The Patriots have won an in-season tournament each of the past two seasons and this is the only tournament they will be playing in this season. The Hoyas are coming off a win over a Villanova and they are 4-0 this year. Mason head coach Diane Drake is looking for her 100th career win and Georgetown is the place she began her head coaching career. Drake went 45-44-6 in five seasons and won a then-school-record 11 games in 2001.
A quick six-mile drive and three hours later, the men’s soccer team will play at American in final-day action in the D.C. College Cup. If this match produces a winner, that team will take home the tournament title. With a tie, American will most likely win the D.C. College Cup. Live video of the match is available for $5.95 by going here. Mason is coming off a 3-1 win over GW having scored three short-handed goals in the second half while American beat Howard 3-0. American won the meeting between the teams last year, 2-1, topping the Patriots in Fairfax, so there’s definitely a revenge factor in play.