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Kalin earns first win with Saints in, 2-0, season-opening victory

Kalin earns first win with Saints in, 2-0, season-opening victory

ASHLAND, Va. – The Marymount University men's soccer team picked up a win in its first contest of 2019, 2-0, over Randolph-Macon College on Friday night, earning the first win for Head Coach Nate Kalin in his first game at the helm for the Saints.

Both teams put shots on goal for early chances in the first half, as freshman Carlos Varona tallied the Saints' only-two shots of the half in the first 15 minutes. His second was blocked, thwarting his chance on goal.

Freshman goalkeeper Joshua Reid made his first start for Marymount and stood up to the Yellow Jackets offense. He made five saves in the half, including three in the final 15 minutes to keep the score tied, 0-0, headed into halftime.

After the scoreless first half, the Saints needed less than four minutes into the second to break through. Senior Rodney Ngoh put a shot on goal that was saved by Randolph-Macon's Luke Messick, but the Saints did not relent.

Varona was able to gather the ball and find Ngoh, who would capitalize on his second chance, just 21 seconds later, in the 49th minute for the 1-0 edge.

The Saints' defense continued to stand strong, blocking two more shots, while Reid added another save to keep the lead intact.

In the 75th minute, Varona capped his impressive debut in blue and white, finishing a pass from freshman Jesus Rios to double the lead.

Varona finished the game with three points to lead the team in the victory. The team only needed five shots to do its damage, while converting on 2-of-3 shots on goal.

Reid finished the game with seven saves to earn his first-career win in 90 minutes in goal.

The Saints will make their home opener for their next game, welcoming Ferrum College to Long Bridge Park on Sunday, September 1; the opening kick is set for 4 p.m.