BALTIMORE (Sept. 4, 2016) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's soccer team lost on the road at Johns Hopkins University, 1-0, on Sunday on the last day of the season-opening Blue Jay Invitational. The loss drops the Mariners' record to 0-1-1 on the young season, while the Blue Jays improve to 1-0-2.
Hopkins' senior Victor Osio tallied the only marker of the day in the 37th minute when he received a lob over the top from junior Drew Collins and curled a shot into the top right corner. The goal came after the Mariners were sustaining pressure for nearly 15 minutes prior with three shots, two of which were on goal by seniors David Burkhardt (Cutchogue, N.Y.) and Gavin Yingling (Salisbury, Md.) in the 23rd and 27th minutes, respectively, that were turned away by JHU's senior keeper Bryan See.
Both teams recorded five shots in the first half. USMMA had four on goal that were all stopped by See and senior goalkeeper Cory Maier (Hampton, Va.) made three saves for the Mariners.
The second half saw the Mariners outshoot Hopkins, 9-7, though both teams had four shots on goal that were all saved. Merchant Marine ended the game with back-to-back chances with 1:02 remaining and again with just two seconds remaining, but See made saves on Yingling and sophomore Wagner Mogga (Beavercreek, Ohio), respectively, to preserve the win for the Blue Jays. Mogga's attempt came as time was expiring from nearly 40 yards out, but See jumped and stretched high to clutch the ball to keep it out of the net.
Maier ended the day with seven saves for the Mariners, while See had eight.
"As was the case yesterday, we had a number of inexperienced players step in for us and they did a strong job," said head coach Michael Smolens. "We played very well against the dangerous Hopkins team and we're disappointed to come up short. While Coach Fitzgerald, Coach Cochrane and I were not happy with today's results, we saw a number of good things this weekend with two very competitive matches that make us feel good about the season ahead."
The Mariners return to Kings Point and will host Rutgers-Newark (2-0-0) on Wednesday night, Sept. 7. Action is set to get underway at 7:45 p.m. at Brooks Stadium. Live stats and a live video link of the game can be found on the USMMA Men's Soccer schedule page.
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