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The Blue & Gray Press | October 23, 2017

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Men’s soccer defeats Roanoke College

Men’s soccer defeats Roanoke College

By LAURA TAYLOR

Staff Writer


Mary Washington men’s soccer was able to able to win against Roanoke College on Saturday as the two teams faced off at the Battleground. With just five minutes of the game remaining, a freshman, Jeremy Hokenson, scored. Which settled the score at a 2 to 1 victory over Roanoke.

Jose Robertson, from Roanoke scored on UMW seven minutes in, allowing Roanoke to hold a 1 to 0 lead through the first half. The Eagles had trouble getting started, and Roanoke College worked their defense against Mary Washington keeping UMW men’s soccer at zero for the first 10 minutes of the second half. Gary Foley tied up the scores on a penalty kick following a handball in the penalty area.

Matt Spencer

In what looked like a game that would go to extra time and possibly end in a tie, the game changed when Hokenson scored the winning goal. Following his own missed shot, which hit the post, Hokenson redeemed himself with a header for the go ahead goal. Roanoke College could not get the ball past Eagle’s goalkeeper and CAC Defensive Player of the week, Matt Spencer, in the final few minutes following the goal by Hokenson.

Matt Spencer played a major role in the Eagles’ win. He made seven saves throughout the game. Nick Tadros had four saves for Roanoke. Roanoke College gave Spencer trouble, as they led UMW in shots, 11 to 9 and corner kicks, 3 to 2.

The highlight players for the University of Mary Washington Eagles included, Gary Foley and Jeremy Hokenson, both scoring to allow the Eagles to clinch the win. Heading into the week four to 1 to 1, the Eagles are currently holding second place in CAC men’s soccer standings behind Penn St. Harrisburg. Up next is Mary Washington’s opening conference play against Marymount on Saturday for Eagle Nation Day.

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