George Mason's Mike Jung scored early in the second half yesterday to give the 11th-ranked Patriots a 1-0 victory over Howard in Capital Collegiate Conference soccer at Mason.
The Patriots, 2-0 in the CCC and 11-0 overall, scored at 62:02 when Marc LeMair got to a loose ball in the left corner and sent a 40-foot cross into the box. Jung, who is 5 feet 5, outleaped the Howard defense and headed the ball into the left corner for his sixth goal of the year.
"We've practiced that play a lot this week," said Jung, a freshman walk-on. "I knew he (LeMair) was looking for me. We were just able to capitalize on the one chance we got."
Jung nearly made it 2-0 at 88 minutes when he and LeMair again teamed on a crossing play. LeMair chipped the ball into the box from the left side, but Jung's 20-foot drive was deflected off the crossbar by Howard goalie Gilbert McPherson.
George Mason, which plays a conservative, one-touch passing game, was dominated by the Bison in the first half. Howard nearly scored at 44 minutes when Bancroft Gordon, who has four goals this season, took a 35-foot shot at goalie Ken Bernstein (seven saves).
Howard's Phillip Gyau came up short twice in the last 10 minutes. Taking a pass from Donald Bazin at 81 minutes, Gyau split the Patriot defense but shot wide right. Four minutes later, Gyau cut in from the right but his 20-foot shot was stopped by Bernstein.