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Men's soccer set for Atlantic East first-round game against Griffins

Men's soccer set for Atlantic East first-round game against Griffins

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University men's soccer team will be hosting a home playoff game for the first time since the 2012 season, as it prepares to host Gwynedd Mercy University in an Atlantic East Conference tournament first-round game on Saturday, November 2. The opening touch is set for 1 p.m.

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How we got here:

Marymount posted a 4-2 record in the Atlantic East, sandwiching its two losses with a four-game winning streak. The stretch began with a 1-0 victory over Gwynedd Mercy, as the Saints produced three clean sheets in the run. Sophomore goalkeeper Ronald Clark came on strong for the team in the four wins, not allowing any goals in over 264 minutes in net; he made 17 saves, as well. After falling, 2-0, to Cabrini University on Wednesday, Marymount solidified the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic East tournament to host a first-round contest.

How they got here:

Gwynedd Mercy earned the No. 6 seed in the Atlantic East tournament, by holding the tiebreaker over Marywood University with a 1-0 win over the Pacers on October 16. The Griffins finished conference play with a 1-5 record and enter the tournament on a three-game losing streak.

Last time we met:

The Saints hosted the Griffins at Long Bridge Park on October 12 for their first Atlantic East win of the season. Neither team was able to find the back of the net in regulation, forcing overtime. It only took 1:58 for the Saints to find the game-winning goal, with freshman Derek Rivera assisting senior Rodney Ngoh. Clark earned the clean sheet in the game, playing the entire game in goal and making four saves. The win sparked the four-game winning streak for the Saints in conference play.

Atlantic East history:

With the start of the Atlantic East, last season, the Saints now hold a 2-0 record over Gwynedd Mercy in the team's two matchups. Last season, Marymount used two first-half goals for a 2-1 victory at Gwynedd Mercy. Ngoh scored the first in the 23rd minute, before then-senior Sebastian Hendi found the back of the net for the second in the 25th minute. The Griffins found a late goal in the 72nd minute, but the Saints were able to hold on for the win.

Going for the record:

With a 9-9 record, the Saints are one win away from setting the all-time program mark for wins in a season. With a 1-0 win over Wesley College on October 23, Marymount tied the current record of nine wins, which was previously accomplished in the 1999 and 1996 seasons. The team won four of its last five games of the year to move into position to challenge the all-time record.

What's next?

The winner of Saturday's contest will travel for an Atlantic East tournament semifinal game on Tuesday, November 5. As the No. 3 seed, the Saints would go to the No. 2 seed, Immaculata University.