Men's Soccer Loses Physical Battle in Non-Conference Fixture to Roger Williams

Men's Soccer Loses Physical Battle in Non-Conference Fixture to Roger Williams

BANGOR, Maine - Husson University suffered a 3-1 defeat to the visiting Roger Williams University in a fiery match-up on Sunday afternoon at Boucher Field. With the loss, the Eagles fall to 2-5-0 overall, while Roger Williams improves to 4-2-2.


Both sides started the game fired up and fought the beginning of the match evenly. After 23 minutes of play, Hawks' midfielder Javi Beltran picked up the ball with space on the edge of the box and curled an impressive shot into the top right corner to give RWU a 1-0 lead. This was quickly followed up two minutes later with another point for the Hawks as defender Elias Choclin got on the end of a long throw-in encroaching the Husson penalty area in the 25th minute to double the visitors' lead. Roger Williams took the two-goal advantage into intermission.

Determined to get back into the game, the Eagles came out of the blocks in the second half and managed to score within the first five minutes. Jahmal Williams made a brilliant run down the left-hand side and played the ball into Cai Pritchard who beat his man, pushing a short ball across the box for Ali Essallamy to score his third goal of the weekend. Although the Eagles created better chances in the second half, they struggled to even the score as the Hawks restored their two-goal lead with 28 minutes left to play. Following a corner kick, the ball fell to the edge of the box and was smashed into the back of the net by Geno Kennedy. The scoreboard read 3-1 which remained the same until the final whistle.

Both Husson's goalie Nikoloz Bulashvili and Roger Williams' goaltender James Lee tallied four saves by the end of 90 minutes in net. 

Coach Gavin Penny reflects, "Another tough loss for us today. I know that guys are down, but we have to continue to learn from where we are going wrong. We have a lot of quality, but we are losing games in areas where we are not the best. We have to understand what is going wrong and work hard to fix it if we want success this season. I'm disappointed for them because the lads did show a reaction in the second half. but we let ourselves down again with the third goal and it's hard from that point to get back into it. We had chances and we have to put them away if we want to win the games."


The Eagles have a chance to redeem themselves in another non-conference game on Boucher Field against Bates College on Wednesday, September 25th at 5 p.m.