ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University men's soccer team defeated Gwynedd Mercy University in the first round of the Atlantic East Conference tournament, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at Long Bridge Park.
The win gives the team 10 on the season, which sets a new program record for wins in a single season, while giving the program its first conference tournament victory since the 2003 season.
The third-seeded Saints struck first in a hard-fought contest, as senior Rodney Ngoh converted on a corner kick at the 25:32 mark of the first half. Junior Levis Lopez crossed the ball in from the right corner, where freshman Brandon Jardine was ready to serve the ball to Ngoh for the score.
With the 1-0 lead, Marymount continued to put the pressure on the sixth-seeded Griffins, forcing two saves by Tyler Blair over the next several minutes.
However, it was Gwynedd Mercy that would find the back of the net, before the end of the half, to tie the score in the 38th minute.
The teams took the tie into halftime, with the Saints holding an 8-3 edge in shots and a 5-0 lead in corner kicks.
It only took until the 51:44 mark in the second half for the Saints to regain their lead. Lopez tallied his second assist of the day, finding freshman Jesus Rios for a lined shot into the top-right corner of the goal, from just outside the 18-yard box. The goal marks the first of Rios' career.
The Marymount defense clamped down from there, not allowing a second-half shot to the Griffins, as the Saints punched their ticket to the Atlantic East semifinals.
Sophomore Ronald Clark earned the win in 90 minutes in goal, making two saves in the game.
The Saints will take on the No. 2 seed, Immaculata University, on the road in an Atlantic East semifinal match on Tuesday, November 5. The game time is to be determined.