September 10, 2004

Fifth-Ranked Men's Soccer Blanks George Mason

Sept. 10, 2004

FAIRFAX, Virg. - The fifth-ranked Santa Clara University men's soccer team remained unbeaten with a 1-0 shutout of George Mason in the first game of the GMU/Comfort Inn Classic in Fairfax, Va. on Friday afternoon. With the win, the Broncos improve to 3-0-0 on the season.

"Tonight showed that we could play under pressure, away from home and come out with a win," said head coach Cameron Rast. "This was a good confidence builder for the team. It is a great experience and will help us mature as a team."

Freshman Peter Lowry scored what would prove to be the game's only goal in the 18th minute off a header from defender Devin Skrade. It marked the third consecutive game in which the Fair Oaks, Calif. native has scored during his first collegiate season. Lowry, who currently leads the team with three goals, has found the back of the net in each of his first three matches as a Bronco.

Senior goalkeeper Kent Harkness posted his first shutout of the season, while it was the second for the Broncos. Harkness recorded a season-high five saves in the contest.

Offensively, SCU outshot its opponents for the third straight match. The Broncos had 10 shots to the Patriots' eight.

"The key from competing against one of the best teams in the country is to gain from this experience," said George Mason head coach Fran O'Leary.

Santa Clara will continue play in the GMU/Comfort Inn Classic on Sunday, when it faces Loyola College in a 9:00 a.m. match-up.