Oliver Nets 50th Career Win as St. Mary’s Men’s Soccer Defeats Bridgewater (Va.)

Emmanuel Oppong '18 - Photo credit: Bill Wood
Emmanuel Oppong '18 - Photo credit: Bill Wood

For Immediate Release · By Justin Gordon · jpgordon@smcm.edu

St. Mary's City, Md. – Seventh-year head coach Alun Oliver '04 now stands alone as the second all-time winningest coach in the 40-year history of the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's soccer program. St. Mary's posted a 2-1 victory over Bridgewater (Va.) College on Sunday afternoon to finish second in the Ninth Annual Seahawk Classic.

Oliver surpassed his former coach and mentor, Eric Wagner. Wagner, who is currently the head coach at Swarthmore College, posted a 49-42 record in his five seasons at St. Mary's (1997-2001).

St. Mary's 2, Bridgewater 1

How it Happened

  • St. Mary's came out fast and headed into halftime with a 2-0 lead.
  • The first goal was put in by senior forward Emmanuel Oppong (Tema, Ghana/Blake) in the 27th as Oppong corralled a long pass at the top of box and then dribbled past a defender before firing a shot at the near post.
  • The second came from junior captain Juwan Kearson (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School) 10 minutes later as Kearson received a pass in stride from first-year forward Isaac Ekobo (Hyattsville, Md./Thomas Stone) and rocketed a shot into the lower left corner.
  • The Seahawks surrendered a goal late in the second half but held on for the 2-1 win.
  • Bridgewater was awarded a penalty kick and senior captain Zack Haussler (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) stopped the initial shot by Thomas White but then White put back the rebound.

For the Seahawks (3-2-0)

  • Scorers: Oppong (1 goal); Kearson (1 goal); Ekobo (1 assist)
  • Goalkeeper: Haussler (4 saves, 1 goal allowed, 90:00)
  • St. Mary's finished the game with 19 shots (seven on goal) and also managed eight corner kicks.

For Bridgewater (1-3-0)

  • Scorer: White (1 goal)
  • Goalkeeper: Quentin Boric (5 saves, 2 goals allowed, 90:00)
  • The Eagles had 11 shots (five on goal) and earned four corners on the day.

Notes

  • St. Mary's stayed disciplined and earned zero cards on the day while Bridgewater notched one.
  • Oglethorpe University (4-0-0) claimed the Seahawk Classic title as the Stormy Petrels posted a 2-0 weekend record while the Seahawks took runner-up honors.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Sept. 14 at The Catholic University of America (1-2-2) – Washington, D.C. – 4:00 p.m.
  • The Seahawks are 17-22-3 all-time against Catholic but own a 10-8-1 mark when playing at CUA.

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