ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University men's soccer team dropped a close match on Wednesday night, 1-0, in Atlantic East Conference action against Cabrini University.
The teams battled back and forth in a scoreless first half, despite both having scoring chances in the period.
Senior André Ferguson had the Saints' best opportunity in the first half. He found himself one-on-one with the Cavaliers' goalkeeper after a through ball got him behind the defense, however his shot was saved by Cabrini's Mike Gould.
Marymount's defense held strong through the frame, blocking two of the Cavaliers' four shots in the final 20 minutes of the half, and starting goalkeeper, sophomore Jonathan Josue Cruz, preserved the 0-0 score with a save in the final minute before halftime.
At the break, Cabrini held a slight, 5-4, edge in shots, while each team had one corner kick.
Cabrini put the pressure on to start the second half, notching two shots in the first three minutes.
In the 49th minute, the Cavaliers were awarded a penalty kick, giving them the opportunity to break the tie, however, Cruz reacted quickly and dove to his left to turn the shot away.
The lone goal of the game was put away in the 77th minute, as Cabrini capitalized on a free kick to take the 1-0 lead on a headed score.
Marymount continued to press up and battle for the tying score, but the edge was just enough, as Cabrini held on for the win.
Cruz played over 77 minutes in the net for the Saints, making two saves. Freshman Ronald Clark saw over 12 minutes of action, as well, making one save.
Marymount now looks forward to its final home game of the season on Saturday, October 20, as it will play host to Atlantic East-foe Marywood University for Senior Day; the game is set for 2 p.m., at Long Bridge Park.