Sept. 10, 1997
Maryland Tops George Mason, 3-0
FAIRFAX, Va. - Thirteenth-ranked Maryland used a quick-strike attack to hand 12th ranked George Mason its first defeat of the season Wednesday. The Terps built a two-goal lead in the first five minutes before scoring late for a 3-0 shutout at George Mason Stadium.
With the win, Maryland improves to 3-1, while George Mason falls to 2-1-1.
Terrapin senior Michelle Deville stunned the Patriots a little over two minutes into the contest when she took a pass from junior Keri Sarver and scored on a right to left crossing shot just inside the far post. Maryland all but put away Mason just two minutes later, when freshman Vita McKenna notched her first career goal off an assist from junior Laura Varela. Varela headed the ball from the middle ot McKenna, who spun inside the left box and attacked goalkeeper Jaime Pagliarulo with a high shot form 16-yards out.
Both teams played rather evenly for the next 75 minutes, with George Mason actually building a 12-7 edge in shots. Sarver, however, notched an insurance goal at the 82:30 mark, off a ball played through the defense by senior Natlie Rich. Mason's flank defender let her run down the right side and she drilled the ball off the dribble into the lower right corner to close the scoring.
Maryland 2 1 - 3George Mason 0 0 - 0Shots:Maryland 8George Mason 12