Balogun's Five Points Pace St. Mary's Men's Soccer in Shutout Win

Balogun's Five Points Pace St. Mary's Men's Soccer in Shutout Win

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu

St. Mary's City, Md. – The wins kept coming for the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's soccer team Tuesday afternoon as the Seahawks recorded their sixth clean sheet of the season. St. Mary's (8-1-2) posted a 4-0 blanking of The Catholic University of America (4-5) in its final non-conference matchup of the year, extending its win streak to four straight.

St. Mary's 4, Catholic 0

How It Happened

  • Junior forward Khalid Balogun (Bowie, Md./Bowie) notched a season-best five points for the second time this season on a season-high two goals plus an assist to lead the Seahawks while sophomore forward Roshawn Panton (Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) added a goal and an assist.
  • Balogun has now tallied at least one point in all but three of the team's 11 contests.
  • St. Mary's, who ranks sixth in this week's South Atlantic regional poll, edged the Cardinals, 5-4, in corner kicks while Catholic tallied a 14-13 advantage in shots.
  • Panton and Balogun connected for the first goal of the day as Balogun fed Panton for his third goal of the season at 7:54.
  • Balogun then netted his first of the afternoon in the 30th minute as Panton registered his team-leading sixth assist of 2018.
  • Sophomore forward Isaac Ekobo (Hyattsville, Md./Thomas Stone) tripled St. Mary's lead just minutes before the end of the half with an unassisted tally at 41:38.
  • Balogun found the back of the net for his team-best ninth score of the season in the 61st minute.

For the Seahawks

  • Scorers: Balogun (2 goals, 1 assist); Panton (1 goal, 1 assist); Ekobo (1 goal)
  • Goalkeeper: Patrick Paolini (7 saves, 0 goals allowed, 90:00) – Third shutout of the season

For Catholic

  • Scorers: None
  • Goalkeepers: Jack Long (1 save, 4 goals allowed, 63:41); Tannor Portland (0 saves, 0 goal allowed, 26:19)

Notes

  • The Seahawks have registered three shutouts during their four-game win streak, outscoring their opponents, 19-1.
  • Today's victory marks the 18th for St. Mary's over the Cardinals as Catholic owns a 23-18-3 lead in the series.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Oct. 6 vs. No. 7 Mary Washington (7-0-2, 0-0-1 CAC) – Seahawk Stadium – 4:00 p.m.
  • Mary Washington leads the series 40-4-3, including winning 1-0 last fall in St. Mary's City in the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals. The Seahawks won the regular-season matchup last fall, 2-0, in St. Mary's City when UMW was ranked 16th in the nation. 

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