Senior Victor Freeman scored against Richmond in Saturday’s game. Photo By Daniel McEnrue.

Senior Victor Freeman scored against Richmond in Saturday’s game. Photo By Daniel McEnrue

After a strong performance against No. 1 Virginia (2-0-1) in an exhibition game, the George Mason men’s soccer team proved they can compete with any team they face, especially in the ACC. This holds true for another ACC and top-10 matchup at No. 7 Maryland (2-1-1) on Tuesday.

The Patriots (3-1-0) have relied on CAA Rookie of the Week Sean Cote in goal as he held George Washington scoreless in his 45 minutes in goal as well as a shutout in his first start at American. Cote adds to a 2010 recruiting class ranked #13th in the nation, including key additions forward Wes Sever, defender/midfielder Alex Herrera, defender Zak Haapaoja and forward Hugh Roberts.

As for upperclassmen, the Patriots have a talented array of scorers including sophomore forward Taylor Morgan, senior forward Parker Walton and senior forward Victor Freeman, who led the Patriots with 7 goals last season.

The Terrapins return nine starters from last year including Jason Herrick and Matt MacMath as well as Casey Townsend, the ACC All-Freshmen team member in 2008, who missed 7 games with a leg injury in 2009.

Last season, Maryland made a NCAA Tournament appearance and fell in the Elite 8 to eventual national champion Virginia.
The Patriots and Terrapins have been competitive in recent years with Maryland taking two of three meetings; however the Patriots have the latest win coming last year at Mason Stadium.

When the final whistle blows on Tuesday, the Patriots will come away with a 2-1 victory at No. 7 Maryland.