Sophomore midfielder Marc LeMair, dissatisfied with his lack of playing time, threatened to quit the George Mason soccer team yesterday morning. Yesterday afternoon, LeMair scored all the game's goals as the Patriots beat visiting George Washington, 2-0.
"He was only our 14th or 15th man, and he wasn't playing much," said Coach Dick Broad. "But he came off the bench and certainly made the difference today."
Slipping and sliding on a muddy field, both teams played a hard-fought contest in which 60 fouls were called and six yellow cards issued.
LeMair struck first early in the game on a long midfield ball that eluded Colonial goalie Luis San Sebastian.
LeMair scored again midway through the second half after a pass back to San Sebastian was misplayed. LeMair picked up the ball and drove it into the right corner of the net.
The shutout kept the Patriots (3-0) unscored on this season. Freshman goalkeeper Ken Bernstein recorded three saves in posting his third win.
"GW made us play tough," Broad said.
"They're a good team, and by pressing like they did after our first goal, they forced us into the style we played."
The Colonials (2-1), who lost senior midfielder Tim Guidry on a red card expulsion in the second half, relied on the long runs of midfielder Yared Aklilu for their offense. Despite the double- and triple-teaming against him, Aklilu got free for six shots.
Both teams had seven shots on goal, although the Patriots' swarming offense controlled the ball most of the game. Four George Mason shots hit the goalpost, and one glanced off the crossbar.