Despite watching his George Mason men's soccer team rally with 10 players to a 2-1 win over George Washington yesterday, Patriots Coach Gordon Bradley left the game with a bad taste in his mouth. After the teams exchanged 47 fouls, six yellow cards, a red card and several pushes after the final whistle before shaking hands, Bradley could not enjoy the victory.
"Everybody wants to win, but I don't want to win like that," Bradley said. "We won, but the more important thing to me was the way we conducted ourselves on the field and I don't like it."
Senior midfielder Luis-Carlos Sossa scored the go-ahead goal in the 82nd minute for the Patriots (3-2-1), who have won seven straight against the Colonials. George Washington (1-3-1) scored first with sophomore Jason Holloway's goal six minutes into the second half, but freshman Josh Ferguson drew George Mason even with his first collegiate goal eight minutes later.
George Mason had the better chances in a fairly tranquil first half in which each team committed eight fouls and no cards were issued. The ugly play began after halftime when George Mason freshman midfielder Laszlo Juhasz shoved Colonials freshman Kirk Lewis to the ground after a whistle in the 48th minute and received a yellow card.
George Washington scored shortly thereafter when sophomore midfielder Michael Goldman took a long pass from freshman Matthew Osbourne and beat Patriots goalkeeper James Teixeira with a cross that Holloway tapped in from six yards.
Juhasz picked up his second yellow card offense -- and the mandatory red card ejection -- in the 56th minute for a flagrant foul in the George Washington penalty area while going up for a head ball. The Patriots played the remaining 34 minutes a man short.
George Mason defender Dave Birchett sent a long pass to the left wing for Ferguson, who got past defender Jeff Greenspan. Ferguson then chipped the ball over goalkeeper Michael Jelencovich from nine yards.
With nine minutes left, George Mason midfielder Jesus Baptista head-butted Goldman after the whistle and received a yellow card. About a minute later, Patriots sophomore Jose Maldonado quickly passed a 20-yard free kick ahead to Sossa, who was unmarked and beat Jelencovich cleanly to the far post.
"We had chances to win it," said George Washington Coach George Lidster. "We could have gone up 2-1 and then a lack of concentration cost us a goal on that free kick."
The Colonials pressed until the final whistle. Osbourne's long shot in the 88th minute hit the crossbar and Greenspan headed the rebound toward the goal, but George Mason defender Matt Friedman (Oakton) raced back to clear the ball off the goal line with his head.