STAUNTON, VA- On Saturday October 20th, Mary Baldwin men's soccer traveled to Newport News, VA to take on the Christopher Newport club team and took home the win 2-1, improving their overall record to 6-4-1 on the season.
CNU scored the first goal of the match in the 41st minute to go up at halftime. Mary Baldwin answered in the 60th minute with a great cross by Jared Curling and the finishing header on goal by Lyel Tavares. With 23 minutes left in the match and down a man after Hordy Ndambo was sent off, Mary Baldwin scored the game winning goal on a 35-yard free kick to the upper left corner by captain Dominic Fleming. The Fighting Squirrels would go on to play great defense for the final 20 minutes, including a goal-saving block by CB Jared Curling with his body.
Coach Bob Rose had this to say after the win: "I was pleased with the way the guys played in tough conditions against a high quality opponent like CNU. We played well throughout the game, with a couple nice goals like Lyel's header and Dominic's free kick from distance, which was one of the nicest goals you'll see, allowing us to come away with a victory a long way from home."
On Sunday, the Fighting Squirrels dropped points to the William & Mary men's club team in a 3-1 loss. After a quiet first 20 minutes, William & Mary scored the first goal of the match off of a penalty kick in the 27th minute. Mary Baldwin equalized in the 34th minute on a great header by Lyel Tavares. The teams would enter halftime tied 1-1.
In the beginning of the second half, William & Mary came out strong, scoring two goals in the 52nd and 55th minutes respectively.
Coach Rose said, "Sunday couldn't have been any more different than Saturday: beautiful conditions, home crowd, and the boys came out flat. We didn't perform to the standard we set for ourselves. Despite that, we kept up with them in the first half. In the second half we came out asleep and gave up two quick goals. Overall it was a positive weekend but it could have been better all around."
Mary Baldwin will be back in action on Saturday, October 27th at 3:00 p.m. as they welcome Christopher Newport for the return match at the lower field.