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September 24, 2011

2nd-half goals lift Mariners over Juniata, 2-0

KINGS POINT, N.Y. – Second-half goals by junior defender Kurt Olsen and sophomore forward Tim Anthone lifted the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy to a 2-0 Landmark Conference soccer win over Juniata at Tomb Field on Saturday afternoon.

The Mariners improved to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in the conference, while Juniata fell to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

"We feel good starting the conference schedule at 2-0," Kings Point head coach Mike Smolens said. "We're still looking to improve."

Olsen (Charlotte, N.C.) slotted home a corner kick taken by Casey Desiderio that also was touched by senior defender Josh Reicks (Katy, Texas) for a 1-0 advantage at 59:56.

Anthone (Overland Park, Kan.) added an insurance goal at 83:08 from the left side of the penalty past goalkeeper Ezra Cassel after some quick passing by Andrew MacKenzie (San Diego, Calif.) and Kyle Arestivo (Northport, N.Y.).

"We put on pressure from the first minute," Smolens said. "When we couldn't finish, we all got a little frustrated. The positive was in the second half, when we were able to convert two goals."

Kings Point dominated the match, outshooting the visitors, 17-5, forcing Cassel to make six saves. Junior goalkeeper Gary Poulin (Hauppauge, N.Y.), in his second start this season, made two saves en route to his first shutout.

The Mariners play a non-conference match at Manhattanville College at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

Photo: The Mariners improved to 2-0 in the Landmark Conference and 6-2 overall. Photo by Shawn Antonelli.