Towson, MD - The USMMA soccer team suffered a 2-0 setback to Goucher Friday night in Landmark Conference action. The Gophers scored on an own goal in the first half and added a penalty kick marker from Nate Margolis in the second half. The setback is the Mariners first-ever loss to the Gophers in Landmark play and is USMMA's first defeat in four matches.
"We are very disappointed with our effort tonight," said Mariners Head Coach Michael Smolens. "After playing some high level soccer the last two matches, Goucher outworked us and got the victory. We didn't create enough good chances at goal and were not solid on defense. While we're not happy with the result we will need to work hard to get back on track next week."
Goucher (6-3-1, 1-0-0 Landmark) got on the scoreboard in the 18th minute after a Tate Becker cross was inadvertantly deflected in by a Mariner defender. The miscue gave the Gophers a 1-0 advantage as well as the momentum. That would be the only tally of the opening stanza as the home team took the one-goal cushion into halftime.
Merchant Marine (4-5-1, 1-1-0 Landmark) put more pressure on the Goucher goalie in the second half, registering five shots on goal. However, Nicholas Stolarz was up to the task for the Gophers and made six total saves to preserve the clean sheet. Goucher got its insurance goal to seal the 2-0 victory in the 80th minute after Margolis deposited a penalty kick into the back of the net after being fouled in the penalty area.
The USMMA soccer team will return to the pitch again on October 2 for a non-conference tilt at Manhattanvile.