CHARLOTTESVILLE, SEPT. 4 -- John Harkes and Robbie McCourt played on the same high school soccer team in Kearny, N.J., a few years ago.
Tonight at Scott Stadium, Harkes of the University of Virginia scored two goals and McCourt from Adelphi had three to lead their teams to victories in the first round of the Coca-Cola Classic tournament.
Harkes scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season in the first half, giving the fourth-ranked Cavaliers (2-0) a 3-0 win over Wake Forest. In tonight's first game, McCourt's hat trick paced the Panthers to a 4-1 victory against American University.
Despite the victories, Harkes won't play against his old teammate and best friend in Saturday's final at 8. The Virginia midfielder is a member of the U.S. Olympic team, which plays a qualifying match Saturday against Trinidad and Tobago in St. Louis.
American faces Wake Forest in the consolation at 6.
Harkes, a junior, converted a 25-yard direct kick 1:03 into the game and then scored on a penalty kick with 14 minutes left in the half. John Maessner had Virginia's third goal.
American (0-1) dominated the Panthers (1-0-1) for the first 55 minutes, but couldn't convert many scoring chances.
Forward Frode Willumsen had two scoring opportunities in the first 12 minutes, but Adelphi goalkeeper Rich Mattson made brilliant saves. On the first play, American's Jon Hall crossed a pass to Willumsen alone at the crease, but Mattson smothered the point-blank shot.
Four minutes later, Willumsen broke in alone on a pass from John Diffley, but Mattson cut off the angle and covered the ball before Willumsen could fire.
"If we had put them away earlier, we would've won this game easily," said Hall, who scored American's only goal midway through the second half.
With 27 minutes left, American couldn't clear a loose ball and Drori Raymond beat goalie Tim Helmig of Potomac and Whitman High School with a hard shot to the left side, making it 2-0.
George Mason 3, Central Florida 2: Larry Tabash of Fairfax broke a 2-2 tie with a goal with seven minutes remaining to give the 16th-ranked Patriots their first victory of the year in the opening of the Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. Mark Pulisic scored the Patriots' other goals.