George Mason and American University played to a 1-1 tie through 110 minutes of soccer yesterday in Fairfax.
Mason, ranked second in the area behind the University of Virginia, now stands 11-1-3. The Eagles (9-4-1) protected their No. 3 rank.
"In the first half, I thought AU had the better of the play," said Dick Broad, coach of George Mason. "In the second half we had the better of the play. In the first overtime they controlled the play and in the second overtime we controlled it. I think a tie represents the play accurately."
At 11:05 of play, AU left wing Fernando Iturbe beat his man at the left side of the Mason penalty area and crossed the ball to the right foot of right wing Abdulwahab Al-Khaldi. He deposited the ball in the right corner of the net beyond the reach of keeper Ken Bernstein.
"Fernando did the job," Al-Khaldi said after the game. "He crossed a tremendous ball. If I had missed, Michael (Brady) would have gotten it." But the all-America Brady was neutralized all game by the defense of Mike Reynolds.
With 20 minutes remaining in regulation, Broad moved Reynolds, the Patriots' second-leading scorer, to forward. It paid, quickly. At 70:58, Mason fullback Doug Bradley headed an AU clearing header back into Eagle territory. Bruce Lobdell settled the ball and passed to Reynolds, who kicked it by keeper Stephen Giordano.
In other area games, host George Washington tied William and Mary, 1-1, on Brian Dooley's goal off John Menditto's assist at 73:00; Mark Zinkand's two second-period goals for Towson State beat Maryland, 2-1, in College Park; Rob Cissel scored a goal and assisted on both others as Navy won at Catholic, 3-0, and Georgetown outshot St. Mary's, 38-3, in winning, 5-1.