Payne Lifts St. Mary's Men’s Soccer to Key CAC Win
St. Mary's City, Md. – Senior midfielder Brian Payne (Catonsville, Md./Calvert Hall) prevented Marymount (Va.) University from spoiling Senior Day as Payne netted the game-winning goal in the 75th minute for a 1-0 Seahawk win over Marymount in an important Capital Athletic Conference battle Saturday afternoon.
First-year midfielder Tommy Krug (Columbia, Md./River Hill) slotted a pass from the top of the box to Payne who collected the ball, turned and fired into the left side of the goal for the eventual game-winning goal at 74:37.
Marymount (4-9-3, 1-4-2 CAC) had a solid opportunity to even up the score in the 85th minute when senior defender Matt Grady (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson) took down Saint senior midfielder Kjell Crooke (Vienna, Va./James Madison) inside the penalty box, giving Marymount a penalty kick. However, Crooke shot the ball just over the crossbar and St. Mary's held on for the 1-0 victory.
With the win, the Seahawks now have nine points (3 points for a win) and are tied with Stevenson University and York College of Pennsylvania for fifth in the conference standings. The CAC regular-season wraps up on October 26.
St. Mary's (7-8, 3-4 CAC) outshot the Saints, 19-8, while corner kicks were equal at three apiece.
Sophomore goalkeeper Austin Brown (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul's) finished the game with four stops for his seventh win in goal.
Before the contest got underway today, Aaron Lewis (Fulton, Md./SSFS), Will Bone (Morgantown, W.Va./Morgantown), J.T. Bowers (Columbia, Md./River Hill), Grady, Payne, Ted Scharfenberg (Holbrook, N.Y./St. John the Baptist), Mark Jaskolski (Gaithersburg, Md./Northwest), Chris Quamina (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. St. Joseph), Drew Gainey (Mechanicsville, Md./Chopticon), and Misha Simon (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) were recognized for their years of service to the Seahawk men's soccer program.
St. Mary's returns to action on Monday, October 24 when the Seahawks welcome No. 17 Salisbury University to Seahawk Stadium for a Capital Athletic Conference match at 3:30 pm.