Junior Daniel Shannon scored two goals on Saturday night to lead the American University men's soccer team to a 2-1 win over No. 19 George Mason. This victory, combined with American's 2-0 win over George Washington on Wednesday night, gives the Eagles their fifth D.C. College Cup title in the nine-year history of the tournament.
American (2-0) got on the board in the 23rd minute with Shannon's first goal of the match. From 30 yards out, Shannon fired a rocket past George Mason goalkeeper Sean Kelley into the left corner of the goal. Sophomore Jack Scott was credited with the assist.
The Eagles kept that advantage through halftime and deep into the second stanza until Shannon added his second goal of the match, with an assist by junior David Menzie, in the 83rd minute to give American a 2-0 lead. After Menzie fired a shot on goal, Shannon was able to put the rebound into the back of the net.
George Mason (1-1), currently ranked 19th in the country by SoccerAmerica, didn't go down without a fight. Draymond Washington put the Patriots on the scoreboard in the 87th minute to cut the Eagles' advantage in half. American was able to hold on over the match's final few minute to preserve its 2-1 victory.
American goalkeeper Matt Makowski played well for the Eagles, allowing one goal and recording five saves.
Shannon was named the D.C. College Cup's Most Valuable Player for his play over the two-match tournament. His two-goal effort versus George Mason matched his career-high, which also occurred in American's 2-1 victory over Princeton on September 12, 2008. Additionally, senior Cooper Bryant, Martinez and Menzie were named to the All-Tournament Team.
"Tonight was a great team win," commented American Head Coach Todd West. "The team played outstanding and we created several quality scoring opportunities. I am very proud of my team's performances in the D.C. College Cup."
American will open its home slate on next Friday, September 11, at 3 p.m. against Princeton. The match will be broadcast live on the new Eagles Vision TV channel, featuring multiple camera angles, a live scoreboard and analysis from a studio broadcast team and fieldside reporters. To learn more about Eagles Vision TV, click here.
D.C. College Cup All-Tournament Team
Daniel Shannon, American (Most Valuable Player)
Cooper Bryant, American
Luis Martinez, American
David Menzie, American
Ryan Reichmann, George Mason
Parker Walton, George Mason
Draymond Washington, George Mason
Mike Rollings, George Washington
Kory Trott, George Washington
Matthew Marshall, Howard
Victor Thomas, Howard