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Saints hold off Lions' late push for second-straight win

Saints hold off Lions' late push for second-straight win

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Marymount University men's soccer team picked up its second-straight win on Thursday night, traveling to Bryn Athyn College for a 4-3 victory, staving off a late surge by the Lions.

The Saints took little time to get on the board, as freshman Justin Meza found classmate Leonardo Luna in the 10th minute for the game's first goal.

The pair struck again just over 10 minutes later, as Meza sent a cross from the right side into the box. Luna only needed one touch to put the ball past the Lions' keeper to double the lead.

Marymount's offense continued to pressure Bryn Athyn with four-more shots through the rest of the half, including one off the foot of freshman Anthony Solorzano that forced a save from D.J. Eldridge for the Lions.

The Saints took the two-goal lead into the break, while also holding a 10-5 edge in shots. The defense thwarted any Lions' attack, not allowing a shot on goal.

Junior Ridwaan Robinson wasted no time boosting the lead with a goal just 1:43 into the second half.

Marymount continued on the attack through the second half. Robinson put another shot on goal, forcing the save, with four Saints, in all, getting shots on frame, until the duo of Meza and Luna struck again.

This time, Luna assisted Meza to bring the Marymount lead to 4-0 in the 67th minute.

The Lions responded less than 10 minutes later with their first score, beginning a comeback attempt in the final 15 minutes of play.

Bryn Athyn found the back of the net two-more times before the end of the game, threatening the Saints advantage. The Lions got back to within one, 4-3, with only 47 seconds to play in regulation, but the Saints were able to hold on for the win.

Luna led the way with five points in the game (two goals, one assist), while Meza added four points (one goal, two assists).

Freshman Eduardo Cardonne earned his second win of the year in the game, playing just over 74 minutes in the net.

The Saints will return to action on Saturday, September 14 at the College of Saint Elizabeth; the opening kick is set for 1 p.m.