HAVERFORD, Pa. (Nov 12, 2016) – The USMMA men's soccer team suffered a season-ending loss to #13 Haverford on Saturday, 5-1, in the opening round of the 2016 NCAA Championships. The defeat ends the Mariners' season with a 13-5-2 record, while Haverford moves on with a 14-3-3 record to face #15 UMass-Boston in the second round on Sunday.
The host Fords scored the first goal of the game just over 11 minutes in, as junior Ben Field found the back of the net after a give-and-go play with senior Tejan Walcott. Senior Maclyn Willigan doubled the Haverford lead to 2-0 in the 21st minute on a header goal off a free kick by classmate Will Corkery. Senior Matthew Clausen made it 3-0 with a great individual effort in the 30th minute.
The Mariners finally got on the board in the 33rd minute, when junior Hannes Rogers (Weinheim, Germany) ripped a shot into the top corner on the far side. It was Rogers' third goal of the season. The two teams went into the halftime break with the score, 3-1, in favor of the hosts.
Haverford added two more goals, first by Clausen in the 68th minute and the final goal of the game by junior Dorian Wirz in the 74th minute. Corkery assisted on Clausen's second marker of the game, while Walcott picked up his second helper of the day on Wirz's goal.
Overall, the Mariners were outshot, 19-9, over the 90 minutes. Senior goalkeeper Cory Maier (Hampton, Va.) made five saves in the losing effort. For the Fords, sophomore Jeremy Astesano earned the win with over 81 minutes of action in which he made two saves.
"I was disappointed with the result today, but I will not let the loss tarnish all we accomplished this season," said Head Coach Michael Smolens. "Haverford was a dangerous team and we had trouble matching up with their size up front. We adjusted and were able to create a number of chances up front, but this left us exposed in the back and they cashed in on their opportunities. Coach Fitzgerald, Coach Cochrane and I are very proud of our team and their efforts this season. We are especially proud of our seniors, who have displayed outstanding leadership on and off the field. They did a great job in setting the tone for our team and I know the tools which they have developed here will serve them well in the future."
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Men’s Soccer Bows Out Of NCAA Tourney With Loss At #13 Haverford