Men’s Soccer Opens NEC Play Friday Night vs. Fairleigh Dickinson

Men’s Soccer Opens NEC Play Friday Night vs. Fairleigh Dickinson

Friday, September 28 | 7:00 p.m.
Emmitsburg, Md. | Waldron Family Stadium

Last time out, the Mount hung tough with Big East member St. John's, but a 79th-minute goal from the Red Storm's Matt Forster lifted SJU to a 2-1 victory over the Mountaineers. The loss dropped the Mount to 1-5-2 overall on the year.

SJU jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute on Johan Aquilon's first goal of the season. Off a set piece, Forster found Aquilon inside the six-yard box, where he scored off a header for the game's first tally. The lead didn't last long, as Mount St. Mary's found the back of the net just a minute and 35 seconds later. Andrew Lasso picked up a loose ball deep in the attacking end and chipped it over a St. John's defender to Jonathan Godette, who found space in the box. Godette then went airborne and volleyed it into the top shelf for the highlight-reel goal, evening the score at 1-1. The goal for Godette and assist for Lasso were both the first of their careers. The match remained deadlocked until the clock ticked under the 12-minute mark, when Forster bent a lefty free kick over the wall and inside the right post for what proved to be the game winner. Mount goalie Bobby Edwards made a season-high nine saves in net, and Godette led the Mountaineers with four shots in the tilt.

Goals: Jonathan Godette (1), Bilal Hassane (1), Elias Ordonez (1), Gavin Shirley (1), Joel Tshiani (1)
Assists: Jonathan Fawole (1), Jonathan Godette (1), Andrew Lasso (1)
Points: Jonathan Godette (3), Bilal Hassane (2), Elias Ordonez (2), Gavin Shirley (2), Joel Tshiani (2)
Shots: Jonathan Godette (17), Yann Kouemi (10), Bilal Hassane (6), Joel Tshiani (6)
Save Pct.: Bobby Edwards (.729)

Mount St. Mary's became a member of the Northeast Conference prior to the 1989 season. The Mountaineers have advanced to the NEC title game four times, with their most recent trip coming during the 2008 campaign. In its history, the Mount has had four players claim NEC Rookie of the Year honors (Duncan Gladwin in 1996, Niall Lepper in 1999, Chris Wheeler in 2008, and Zoncher Dennis in 2011), and three coaches win the Coach of the Year Award (Jim Deegan in 1990, Mark Mettrick in 1994 and 1996, and Rob Ryerson in 2008).

The Mount boasts an impressive 16-6-2 record in its Northeast Conference season openers. Friday's match will be just the second time the Mountaineers have faced Fairleigh Dickinson in the league opener. Mount St. Mary's won the previous matchup 2-1 in 2009 on the Knights' home turf.

The 2018 Mount squad features an extremely young group consisting of 16 freshmen. The Mount rookies have accounted for eight of the team's 13 points thus far. Freshmen Jonathan Godette (17 shots) and Yann Kouemi (10) are the team's leaders in shots.

The Knights sit at 3-4-2 overall, but enter Friday's match on a two-game losing streak after falling to Iona (3-1) and Yale (1-0) their last two times out. Senior forward Ahu Obhakhan leads the NEC in goals (5) and points (10), and sophomore forward Jacob Labovitz is tied for second in the league in assists (3). Jahmali Waite owns a .744 save percentage and 1.38 goals against average in seven starts in net.

The Mountaineers and Knights will meet for the 27th time in series history on Friday night, with FDU holding a 15-8-3 edge, including a 5-4-2 record in Emmitsburg. In the most recent matchup in 2012, FDU posted a 2-1 victory at Waldron Family Stadium. The Mount's last win in the series was a 1-0 triumph at home in 2010.

The Mount continues conference play with a matchup at home against Sacred Heart on October 5 at 7 p.m.