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Early pressure lifts Saints to commanding victory

Early pressure lifts Saints to commanding victory

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University men's soccer team hosted Gallaudet University on Tuesday night at Long Bridge Park, taking a commanding 5-1 victory.

Within the first four minutes of play, the Saints had two corner opportunities that were sent wide. In the fifth minute of play, junior Ridwaan Robinson ran right past his defender down the right sideline to find wide open freshman Leonardo Luna, who was there to finish the one-timer.

As the Saints kept bringing the pressure to the Bison back line, more corner opportunities appeared. This time, senior Rodney Ngoh collected the rebound from his initial shot and found the back of the net to put the Saints up 2-0.

The Saint defense held the Bison all half, only allowing three shots, including two saves by freshman goalkeeper Eduardo Cardonne.

The start of the second half started very similar to the first, this time it was Robinson who found the back of the net just four minutes after the restart.

Two minutes later in the 50th minute, freshman Carlos Varona played a ball over the top of the defense for Luna to run on to. Luna, with speed, fired a shot to beat the Bison goalie, registering his second goal of the game.

Marymount kept up the pressure and strong defense causing turnovers and miscues for the Bison, one of which lead to a goal for the Saints when freshman Justin Meza capitalized.

The Bison got on the board after a free kick opportunity in the 77nd minute.

Cardonne made his third start in the game, recording his first win of the season. Cardonne was relieved after 67 minutes of play and two saves by junior Jonathan Cruz, who played the remainder of the game and added one save to his stat line.  

The Saints hit the road for a six-game road stand, meeting up with Bryn Athyn on Thursday, September 12. Start time is set for 7 p.m.