Mason men's soccer captures fourth-straight DC Cup title

The George Mason University men’s soccer team defended last year’s DC  Cup title by defeating Howard University and American University this weekend at George Mason Stadium. It was the fourth-straight title for the Patriots in the annual competition.

Mason men's soccer hosts annual DC College Cup this weekend

This weekend, August 30-September 1, George Mason University will host the 13th edition of the D.C. College Cup, an annual men’s soccer tournament involving DC-area teams. Along with Mason, the tournament features Howard University, George Washington University and American University.

The tournament opens on Friday, when the George Washington Colonials face the American Eagles at 5:30 p.m. Following the conclusion of that game, the Patriots will open their play against the Howard Bison at 7:30 p.m. in a rematch from 2011, when the Patriots came on top 9-0.

Patriots extend streak with weekend wins

In blowout fashion, the George Mason men’s soccer team (5-0) extended their season opening win streak with a 5-1 win over St. Peter’s (2-2) and a 3-2 win over St. Francis (1-4).

Despite changes on the defensive line from the 2011 season, the Patriots limited St. Peter’s scoring power Friday night. It wasn’t a difficult job since the Peacocks’ goals have overwhelmingly come from Noah Sadaoui in the early season. The defensive dominance was only a continuance from winning the D.C. College Cup only days before, allowing one goal in two wins.

Rookies ready for new season behind returning vets

The last men’s soccer championship came to Fairfax in 2008. Ryan Gracia and Draymond Washington were young, hungry players in a nationally ranked recruiting class and saw a quick reward for their decision to select Mason.

But now both players are gone, playing professionally in Sweden and Tampa Bay, only to be replaced by a new group of athletes. Twelve freshmen fuel the team this season for the Patriots and the leadership void is filling quickly.

Pope recognizes Catholic Campus Ministry on soccer win

Diocese of Arlington's Bishop Paul Loverde reads a letter Thursday from the Pope's personal representative to the U. S. The letter is a papal recognition of the Catholic Campus Ministry's win in a soccer tournament. (Kevin Loker)

Men’s Soccer falls to Hofstra at home

The George Mason Men’s Soccer team (7-6-2, 3-4-2) faced a tough loss to the Hofstra Pride, falling 2-1 in overtime Wednesday night. Hofstra’s game-winning goal in overtime was scored off a direct kick, hitting junior Eber Martinez in the chest before landing in the net.

Hofstra did not dominate the close game.

At the 10-minute mark, Mason senior forward Ernesto Marquez crossed the ball over rolling it right in front of the net. The shot just was missed.

FIFA may come to Mason

FIFA officials came to look at Patriot Stadium Tuesday evening to see if it could be used as a practice facility for the 2018 World Cup.

U.S. Soccer submitted a bid to host the famous world soccer championship in either 2018 or 2022, however they seem to be focusing on the 2018 bid. The U.S. is competing with England, Russia, Belgium and the Netherlands (who have submitted a joint bid), and Portugal and Spain (who have done the same). Indonesia and Mexico have dropped out of the running.