ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount men's soccer team hosted Ferrum College on Sunday afternoon for its home opener, dropping a close 2-1 decision.
The first minutes of play were even in possession as well as attempts on goal. Marymount's best opportunity in the half came from a one timer off the foot of junior Ridwaan Robinson.
The Panthers' pressure did not let up from the start, forcing miscues by the Saints throughout the half. Roughly 16 minutes into the game, a Saints' miscue led to the Panthers' first goal.
In the 42nd minute after a free kick on goal, Ferrum capitalized off of a rebound opportunity to increase its lead to 2-0 before the break.
Following a free kick in the 50th minute, junior Levis Lopez beat his defender down the side line, and with time and space for a cross, found freshman Carlos Varona in the box who put away the pass and cut the deficit to 2-1.
With seconds left, the Saints made one last attacking effort to tie the game, missing the chance by a matter of inches.
Freshman goaltender Eduardo Cardonne made his first start in the net, playing all 90 minutes. Cardonne recorded three saves in the first, and registered a scoreless second half.
The Saints are back in action this week, as they hit the road to face Hood College, Wednesday, September 4. First touch is set for 4 p.m.