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Saints set for Atlantic East semifinal game against Mighty Macs

Saints set for Atlantic East semifinal game against Mighty Macs

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University men's soccer team continues its run in the Atlantic East Conference tournament on Tuesday, November 5 in a semifinal matchup at Immaculata University, with the game set for 7 p.m.

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How we got here:

As the No. 3 seed in the tournament, the Saints hosted No. 6 Gwynedd Mercy University in a first-round game on Saturday, coming out with the 2-1 win. The Saints struck first in the game, with senior Rodney Ngoh scoring off a corner kick from junior Levis Lopez in the 26th minute. After the Griffins tied the match, 1-1, before the end of the first half, freshman Jesus Rios put Marymount back in the lead again to start the second half. In the 52nd minute, Lopez found Rios outside the 18-yard box for a shot into the upper-right corner of the goal. The Marymount defense held Gwynedd Mercy without a shot in the second half, securing the win and advancement to the semifinals.

How they got here:

The second-seeded Mighty Macs earned a first-round by in the Atlantic East tournament, finishing the regular season with a 4-2 record in conference matches. After a 1-2 start, Immaculata finished the regular season with three-straight wins in conference play, outscoring its opponents 7-1. With the bye, the Mighty Macs earned the right to host a semifinal contest in the tournament.

Last time we met:

The Saints traveled to Immaculata earlier this season on October 9 in a 3-0 win for the Mighty Macs. They scored less than 10 minutes into the game, before adding a second score in the 21st minute. Immaculata tallied its final goal in the 52nd minute of the second half. The Saints were able to get off 14 shots in the game, including seven on-goal, but were unable to get into the scoring column.

Atlantic East history:

With the start of the Atlantic East, last season, Immaculata now holds a 3-0 record over Marymount in the past two seasons. Last season, the Mighty Macs took a 5-1 victory in the regular season, before winning 1-0 in the first round of the Atlantic East tournament.

Record-setting season:

The men's soccer team set the all-time program record with its 10th win of the season coming against Gwynedd Mercy on Saturday. The previous record of nine wins was set in the 1999 and 1996 seasons. The Saints have come on strong late in the season, with five wins in their last six games to break the record.

What's next?

The winner of Tuesday's game will advance to the Atlantic East championship game on Saturday, November 9. They will take on the winner of the other semifinal contest between No. 1 Cabrini University and No. 4 Wesley College. The game will take place at the home of the highest-remaining seed.