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Saints surge past Hawks for Homecoming and Family Weekend celebration

Saints surge past Hawks for Homecoming and Family Weekend celebration

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University men's soccer team faced off against Hartwick College for a non-conference matchup on Saturday afternoon, celebrating Homecoming and Family Weekend at Long Bridge Park, surging past the Hawks, 8-2. 

The Saints got off to a fast start thanks to an aggressive counter attack. In the first minute of play, sophomore Luis Ochoa collected the ball after a Hartwick free kick. Ochoa found senior Mynor Danilo Lopez at midfield for a through ball that led to a one-on-one opportunity. Lopez found the back of the net, giving the early edge to the Saints, 1-0.

Marymount found the back of the net four-more times before the halftime whistle. Goals from senior Chris Cardenas, senior Sebastian Hendi, and sophomore Reuben George, along with Lopez's second, lifted the Saints to a comfortable 5-0 lead at the half. The Saints out-shot the Hawks 12-1 in the half.

In the second half, the Saints were still hungry for goals. Freshman Mahmud Bashir scored his first-collegiate goal with help from George. Hartwick's goalkeeper was out of position as Bashir rolled the ball past him.

Sophomore Levis Lopez and senior Anthony Calderon added a goal each in the second half, giving the Saints their largest scoring total on the season at eight.

All three goalkeepers for Marymount saw the pitch. Sophomore Jonathan Josue Cruz made his fifth start of the season and recorded his first win. Freshmen Ronald Clark and Derek Manzanares split playing time in the second half. Collectively, the Saints' goalkeepers notched three saves.

The men's soccer team will be back in action on Wednesday, October 17 at Long Bridge Park to host Cabrini University in an Atlantic East Conference matchup; the game is set for 6 p.m.