Anson Dorrance coaches what is likely the best women's college soccer team in the country. And after the University of North Carolina men's team dominated George Mason, 2-0, yesterday in the Patriot Invitational, there is little doubt he has one of the best male teams, too.
"They just came at us in waves," said George Mason Coach Gordon Bradley, whose 17th-ranked team lost for the first time (5-1-1). "That's why they're the No. 6 team in the country."
In yesterday's first game, 15th-ranked UCLA got a goal late in the second half by junior Nick Skvarna to edge American, 2-1.
The invitational will continue Sunday, with AU (2-2-1) meeting UNC (6-0) at 2 and George Mason playing UCLA (4-1) at 4.
The Tar Heels were dominating from the start, using their height advantage to win almost every head ball. North Carolina held the Patriots without a shot in the first half and kept George Mason goalkeeper Martin Dunphy busy with 14 shots.
David Smyth put the Tar Heels ahead at the 17:35 mark with a perfect 30-yard shot into the upper right corner of the net off a direct kick. Dunphy said it was the first time he had been beaten on a direct kick.
"It was an incredible shot," Dunphy said. "It just barely missed the wall and got under the bar."
The Tar Heels made it 2-0 with 12:28 left in the first half. Sophomore Chad Ashton brought the ball to the left corner and crossed it. Dunphy came out but couldn't get it and 6-foot-2 Donald Cogsville headed it in from five yards.
George Mason put on more pressure in the second half, but still managed only four shots to North Carolina's 20.
In a rematch of the 1985 NCAA championship game, Skvarna scored with 3:41 left to give the Bruins their third straight win over the Eagles. UCLA beat AU, 1-0, in eight overtimes in the title game two years ago.