By Tommy Keeler Jr. - firstname.lastname@example.org
George Mason University has one of the top men's soccer programs in the country and Sherando graduate Dustin Bucher (Sherando '08) plays a big role in the team's success.
Bucher, the Patriots' goalkeeper, already has three shutouts this season for the No. 20 ranked team in the country.
He has been their goalkeeper for every minute of every game this season. He currently has 17 saves, and has allowed only seven goals in eight games.
The Patriots are 7-1 on the season. Their only loss came to Navy, 2-1 in double overtime, on Sept. 19. Bucher had six saves in the loss.
The Patriots responded from the loss with a 2-0 win over UNC Wilmington on Saturday. Bucher, a senior, had three saves in recording his third shutout of the year.
This is the first year Bucher has been the regular starter for the Patriots and he has made the most of it. He entered this season with five starts in his career, and a total of 20 saves for George Mason.
DAZZLING DEBUT: Seamus O'Reilly (Warren County '12) is already making a name for himself at the collegiate level.
In his first year at the University of Mississippi, O'Reilly has done well in his first two cross country meets.
In the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic, O'Reilly led the Rebels with a 17th-place finish. The meet was held in Memphis Tenn., on Sept. 2, and O'Reilly had a time of 21:28.93 on the four-mile course. He led the Rebels to a fifth-place finish as a team.
O'Reilly followed that up with a 38th-place finish in the Commodore Classic in Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 15. O'Reilly finished with a time of 25:40.97 in the 8K race. As a team the Rebels finished in seventh place.
Ole Miss competes in the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday in Louisville, Ky.
OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT: Katlyn Ayers (Strasburg '12) also had a strong debut in her first college cross country season.
The UNC-Greensboro freshman made her debut in the Demon Deacon quad held at Wake Forest on Aug. 31. The Spartans finished fourth, but Ayers combined with teammate Shannon Hall to place 11th to lead the way. They had a combined time of 41:58 in the event, which was a relay-style meet.
Ayers finished 10th in the Elon Invitational on Sept. 15. Ayers had a time of 19:40. The Spartans placed second in the meet with 43 points.
The Spartans' next meet is also this Saturday in the Greater Louisville Classic in Louisville, Ky.
ON THE UPSWING: Ryan Rettburg (Skyline '10) is off to a solid start for Radford University this season.
The junior finished tied for 23rd in the Joe Agee Invitational on Monday and Tuesday in Williamsburg. The Highlanders finished second as a team in the 11-team event.
It was Rettburg's first tournament of the season. He finished at 13-over par for the tournament. He had rounds of 75, 78 and 73. It was the best finish of Rettburg's college career.
The Highlanders' next tournament will be Oct. 23-25.