ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University men's soccer team faced off against Marywood University for an Atlantic East Conference matchup on Saturday afternoon, celebrating Senior Day at Long Bridge Park, passing the Pacers on a 2-1 decision.
The Pacers got hot early, shooting the ball seven times compared to the Saints lone shot. However, this changed throughout the first half. The Saints created opportunities for themselves, ending the first half trailing in shots by just a 10-9 edge.
One of those nine shots for Marymount found the back of the net. Senior Sebastian Hendi received the ball after senior André Ferguson moved the ball when the Pacers' goalkeeper came out of the net. This gave Hendi an open shot on goal and the Saint lead.
In the 74th minute of play, Marymount was forced to make some major changes on the field, as Hendi was sent off the pitch with a red card. Just moments after the card was given, Marywood's Ian Byrnes fired a shot from 22-yards away that would tie the game at 1-1.
Headed into the last 10 minutes of play, the Saints were looking for that last opportunity to take the advantage. Freshman Amza Saifi broke away from his defender on a run with the ball. Saifi found time and room to launch the shot, that was just denied by the goal post.
Just one minute after Saifi's near miss, senior Mynor Danilo Lopez put a move on his defender on the right side of the box. Lopez dribbled into the box beating yet another defender, and with time and room, Lopez buried the game-winning goal.
Freshman Ronald Clark played all 90 minutes of the match, notching himself five saves.
The Saints hit the road to continue conference play next week. They will travel to Dover, Delaware to face off against the Wesley College Wolverines. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., at the Scott D. Miller Stadium.