Men's Soccer Begins Season on Rough Patch

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On Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9, the St. Mary’s Men’s Soccer team hosted their annual Seahawk Classic, a tournament the team hosts every second weekend in September.

“It’s a way for us to host two home games with quality teams and have the college community and friends come out and see our players play,” Coach Alun Oliver said. “It provides great competition for conference play.”

On Saturday, the Seahawks played Bridgewater College. Sophomore Matt Braun scored the first goal of the weekend in the first half within the first 10 minutes, setting the team on a good pace for the afternoon. However in the second half, two goals were scored by Bridgewater in the 78th and 89th minute, resulting in a 2-1 loss.

On Sunday, the boys played a tough match against Centenary College of New Jersey. Centenary scored at the 19th minute, keeping the Seahawks on their toes for the entire game until the 85th minute when senior Frank VanGessel scored a saving goal. Unfortunately the tying goal wasn’t enough as it led the squad to overtime and Centenary was able to score resulting in another loss for the Seahawks, by a score of 2-1.

Sophomore forward Andrew Phillip Brown noted his disappointment with the loss of the tournament. “We don’t know what could’ve caused us to lose. There could’ve been many variables that could have contributed to the way we played.”

When asked about future home games, he was very hopeful. “Our two big home games are against Frostburg and Wesley. We have a very good chance at beating them, and we’re hoping that people will come out and support us at those games.”

The team and the coach have bigger goals for the team by the end of the season. “One of our main goals this season is to make the playoffs.” Oliver stated, after coming off last season when the team went 7-10 with no playoff appearance.

Other games of the season include wins against wins against Hampden-Sydney College and Penn State-Altoona, but losses to Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Johns Hopkins, and Marymount University. Their loss to Marymount on Sep. 15 was the first and only Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) match of season so far. Upcoming key CAC matches for the men’s squad include Wesley College on Sep. 22, Frostburg State University on Oct. 6, and York College on Oct. 13.

The next scheduled match for the squad is Tuesday, Sep. 18 vs. Catholic University at 4 pm.

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