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Men’s soccer holds unbeaten George Mason to 0-0 tie
Bearcats record second straight shutout
September 7, 2013Tweet
FAIRFAX, Va.—- Binghamton (1-2-1) continued its stingy defensive play, holding unbeaten George Mason (3-0-1) to a 0-0 tie in a non-conference men’s soccer game on Sunday afternoon at the George Mason Athletic Complex. The game marked the second straight shutout for the Bearcats, who end their two-game road trip in the Washington D.C. area at 1-0-1.
The Patriots had come into the contest averaging 2.33 goals per contest but on Sunday, sophomore goalkeeper Stefano Frantellizzi stopped eight shots to preserve the shutout. The Bearcats, meanwhile, played a man down the final 81 minutes and subsequently, had to withstand being outshot 18-4 during the match.
At the other end of the field, Stefan Kraus made a pair of saves in the final 10 minutes of regulation to keep the Bearcats off the scoreboard. He finished the game with four saves.
“I am happy we got a point,” head coach Paul Marco said. “Our midfielders and our wide backs covered a lot of ground today and Stefano was very good in the goal.”
After 90 minutes of scoreless regulation, neither team managed a shot in the first sudden-death period. The Patriots then outshot the Bearcats 4-0 in the second overtime. Frantellizzi stopped one of the shots and another shot was blocked.
One week after allowing four goals at the James Madison Tournament, the Bearcats are now on a streak of 220 minutes of shutout soccer.
“These two teams we played this weekend (which included American on Friday) were just as good as James Madison and Virginia Tech,” Marco said. “We have been more disciplined defensively and are going harder after challenges and tackles.”