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No. 8 Huskies Move To 3-0 On The Season With Win Over George Mason

Chukwudi Chijindu (Fontana, Calif.) scored the game-winning goal for the Huskies, as the No. 8 University of Connecticut menís soccer team defeated George Mason, 2-1, Friday night at the adidas-Brown Classic. With the win, UConn extends its season-opening win streak to three games as the team heads into Sundayís game with UNC Greensboro, who faces Brown in the late game Friday at the tournament.

The Huskies (3-0-0) controlled the tempo of the game for much of the contest, despite falling behind mid-way through the first half to the Patriots, who fell to 2-1-0 on the season with the loss. UConn out-shot George Mason 18-5 on the day, with nine fired in each half, including three close ones down the stretch. With the two goals Friday, each of the six scored thus far in 2005 have been tallied by a different player, giving the Huskies a wider offensive base than as of late.

Despite out-shooting the Patriots 9-2 in the first half, the Huskies entered the lockerroom trailing 1-0 at halftime. George Masonís Karim Manneh scored off an assist from Dan Ames from about six yards out to put the Patriots up in the 28th minute. Manneh crossed the ball from the near post to catch the Huskies watching the ball while he capitalized on the open shot.

Less than eight minutes into the second frame, UConn tied up the contest with a header from Julius James (Maloney Gardens, Trinidad) off the free kick from Kevin Burns (Greenfield, Ind.) to fuel an offensive enslaught by the Huskies. Seven of the teamís nine shots of the half came after this point, forcing Patriot goalkeeper Jeremy Jessup to make three of his eight saves.

Early in the 59th minute of action, David Fromayan (Bay Shore, N.Y.) sent a textbook cross from right to left in front of the goal that Chijindu poked in with a header from eight yards out to put the Huskies on top 2-1. Just 70 seconds later, Burns attempted to re-enact the first UConn goal by sending a laser free kick into the box, this time to Moshe Shalchon (Rishon Lezioh, Israel) who sent the header into the back of the net, only to be called back on an offsides call.

Following a close scoring attempt by George Masonís leading scorer Francis McCardie with 22:32 to play in the game, the Huskies poured on the attack down the stretch, but were unable to generate a third goal. Stanley Ford (Liverpool, N.Y.) produced one of the most exciting scoring attempts of the night as he made a 35-yard run down the field untouched before sending his shot wide right with just over 18 minutes to play.

The Huskies will face UNC Greensboro Sunday, Sept. 11 at noon in the adidas-Brown Classic in Providence, R.I. The Spartans were 1-1-0 heading into the weekendís tournament after a remarkable 2004 campaign that ended in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.


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