MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – The St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s soccer team closed out the regular season with a road loss Saturday afternoon (Oct. 29). St. Mary’s College (10-4-4, 7-1-0 UEC) dropped a 4-0 decision to host Penn State Harrisburg (9-2-6, 6-0-2 AEC) for the Seahawks first United East Conference loss of the season.

As the No. 1 seed in the upcoming 2022 United East Conference Championship Tournament, St. Mary’s will host the four-team tournament on November 4-5. This marks the first time in program history that St. Mary’s will enter a conference tournament as the top seed.

The Seahawks will take on No. 4 seed Penn State Abington on Friday, November 4, at 4:00 p.m. in the first semifinal game at the Jamie L. Roberts Stadium while No. 2 Penn State Harrisburg will face No. 3 seed Lancaster Bible College at 6:30 p.m. in the second semifinal contest. The championship game will be Saturday, November 5, at 4:00 p.m.

How It Happened

  • The Lions put up a three-spot in the first half behind goals from Kobe Harris in the 11th minute, Daryl Lucas in the 17th minute, and Ethan Cortes in the 31st minute.
  • Shots were even in the first 45 minutes at four apiece; however, goalie Esteban Leon was up to the challenge as Leon finished the first half with three stops.
  • St. Mary’s generated scoring opportunities in the 18th, 28th, and 40th minutes behind shots from sophomores Alex Ochman (Rockville, Md./T.S. Wootton) and Kolton Blackistone (Lusby, Md./Patuxent) and junior forward Casey Cruz (Great Mills, Md./Leonardtown).
  • Lucas struck again for Penn State Harrisburg in the 58th minute to make it a 4-0 game.
  • The Seahawks prime scoring opportunity of the second half came in the 88th minute when senior forward Thomas Williamson (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) fired off back-to-back shots with the first hitting the crossbar and the second denied by Leon.
Men’s Soccer Huddle vs. Stevenson (9.1.22) Credit: Bill Wood

Inside the Box Score

  • Shots finished equal for the game at seven each while St. Mary’s edged the Lions, 7-4, in corner kicks.

St. Mary’s College Game Notes

  • Junior goalie Matthew Kopsidas (Rockville, Md./T.S. Wootton) notched one save in the game.
  • St. Mary’s moved up one spot to third in this week’s United Soccer Coaches Region IV poll.
  • The Seahawks are 6-3-1 all-time against Harrisburg but have now lost two in a row to the Lions.

Penn State Harrisburg Game Notes

  • Lucas led all scorers with two goals while Ethan Cortes tallied a goal and an assist.
  • Leon ended the game with four stops as the Lions stretched their unbeaten streak to 11.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Nov. 4 vs. No. 4 seed Penn State Abington (7-7-3) – St. Mary’s City, Md. (JLR Stadium) – 4:00 pm

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