The St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) men’s soccer team saw their season come to an end with a Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) semi final loss on Nov 6. The Seahawks were defeated 3-1 by the University of Mary Washington, who they also lost to last year in the CAC Championship game.
SMCM began the 2019 playoffs strong with a dominating 3-0 victory over Southern Virginia University (SVU) on Nov. 2. In this match, the Seahawks had numerous offensive opportunities in the first half, but struggled to find the back of the net. This changed when sophomore defender Jacob Breslauer was able to score the first goal of the game with just seconds left in the first half. The start of the second half was very similar as SMCM continued to rip off shots before junior forward Roshawn Panton put one away to increase the lead to 2-0. The Seahawks continued their offensive surge and first year forward Zach Glime put the game out of reach with a goal in the eighty-fourth minute. This came off an assist by fellow first year forward, Jack Eskay, according to SMCM Athletics.
The Seahawks scored three goals on the day, but that does very little to show how impressive their offensive performance was. During the match they fired thirty-six total shots, with sixteen on goal. Panton led the way for SMCM with seven total shots. They additionally amassed twelve total corner kicks. This phenomenal offensive performance was coupled with an equally dominant defensive showing. The Seahawks only yielded three total shots and one corner kick from the SVU offense, according to SMCM Athletics.
This convincing victory over SVU sent the Seahawks into their CAC semi-final matchup with tons of momentum. This momentum certainly showed in the first have of the game against Mary Washington. SMCM controlled the majority of possession in the first half and even scored the first goal of the game, in the forty-first minute. Senior Khalid Balogun sent a shot that was deflected off of Mary Wahsington’s keeper, just to be put away by Breslauer. This gave SMCM a crucial 1-0 lead. However an early penalty shot in the second half for Mary Washington quickly proved to change the course of the game. Mary Washington converted on the penalty kick, and then just a couple of minutes later scored their second goal of the half. To make matters worse for the Seahawks, they conceded a second penalty kick shortly after, which once again Mary Washington was able to capitalize on. SMCM failed to score again in the game and ultimately fell 3-1, ending their season.
Despite the loss, the Seahawks had an extremely successful season and had a roster loaded with talent. In fact, five players were named to the All-CAC end of the year team. Seniors Balogun, Anoi Hindle, Josh McRobie, and junior Panton were all named to the first team, while senior Andrew Kalinoski was named to the second team. Balogun was also named the CAC Offensive Player of the Year. He was a four time All-CAC, including three on the first team, and also named the 2016 Rookie of the Year, according to SMCM Athletics.
This year SMCM will graduate seniors Balogun, Hindle, Kalinoski, McRobie, Brad Moore, Patrick Paolini, Cristian Reyes and Zack Yurich.