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Late goal by Mighty Macs downs Saints in Atlantic East tournament

Late goal by Mighty Macs downs Saints in Atlantic East tournament

IMMACULATA, Pa. – The Marymount University men's soccer team took to the field on Tuesday night in the first round of the Atlantic East Conference tournament but saw its season come to a close, dropping a 1-0 overtime contest to Immaculata University.

The fifth-seeded Saints and fourth-seeded Mighty Macs came out battling to try and find an early scoring chance. Both teams were able to put shots on goal in the first moments of the first half, as junior Rodney Ngoh forced, Immaculata goalkeeper, Mikey Kalpokas to make a save on a chance at the eight-minute mark to keep the game scoreless.

Sophomore goalkeeper Jonathan Josue Cruz stopped both Mighty Mac shots that he had to face in the first frame, as the teams entered halftime tied, 0-0.

At the break, Immaculata held a slight edge in shots, 7-3, and shots on goal, 2-1, while the Saints led in saves, 2-1.

Cruz continued his strong play in the second half, stopping Ricky Molz's shot less than eight minutes into the second half; he made three saves in all in the frame, allowing the Saints a late opportunity with the game's first goal still yet to be scored.

With less than a minute to play in regulation, Ngoh made his way into the box to get his head on a ball in the air, but his attempt sailed just high.

The Mighty Macs made one-last effort, getting a shot off with three seconds to go, but Cruz made the stop, forcing overtime.

The teams continued the even play in the extra time, but in the 95th minute, Immaculata lined up for a corner kick and netted the game-winning score on the play.