The loss snapped the Hokies' (2-2-1) two-game unbeaten streak and is also the second time the squad has been shut out this season. For the Patriots (4-1-0), this is their third consecutive shutout victory after defeating Stony Brook 3-0 and George Washington 1-0 last weekend.
During the first half, Tech out shot George Mason 6-3 and prevented the Patriots from attempting a single shot on goal.
In the second half, the Patriots went on the offensive, attempting seven shots, including five on goal, against just four from the Hokies.
Any momentum Tech had shifted to the Patriots in the 54th minute when the team was whistled for a foul leading to a Mason free kick. Laura Salichs shot the ball and nearly scored with Ashley Owens (Greensboro, N.C.) making the save. Owens, however, gave up a rebound, and Paris was there on the left side to beat Owens and put Mason ahead 1-0 with her first goal of the season.
The Hokies mounted several attacks in the final 20 minutes and even had a corner kick in the final minute, but an offsides call ruined any opportunity to tie the game.
Heather Hallberg (Richmond, Va.) led the team with two shots on goal with Emily Jukich (Clifton, Va.), Gina Om (Fairfax, Va.) and Laurie Beth Puglisi (Arlington, Va.) all contributing one shot on goal apiece.
Owens finished with three saves in the contest, while George Mason's Kasey Davenport ended the night with five to preserve her third consecutive shutout victory.
The Hokies return to Tech Soccer Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m. for their first-ever game against the Elon Phoenix of the Southern Conference. Fans are encouraged to come early to receive one of the 150 Virginia Tech athletic t-shirt giveaways.