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Sept. 7, 2018
CSM Men's Soccer Team Off to Challenging Start
With excitement in the air, the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Hawks Men's Soccer team looked to start their season off with a win against Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). Unfortunately, the Night Hawks from NOVA were able to steal a road victory from the CSM Hawks as they fell by a score of 7-1.
In the opening 12 minutes of the first half, NOVA was able to retain more time of possession in the Hawks' defensive zone, creating more shots on goal and scoring opportunities. The Night Hawks had eight shots on goal and two goals scored. Abdullah Al Maari went top shelf over Hawks goalie Hunter Vanzandt at the 10:53 mark, and he assisted on a goal from Abdullah Abdi 30 seconds later to put NOVA up 2-0.
Due to the heat and humidity, the referees stopped the game half way through each half for a five minute break at the request of CSM coaches – which made it feel like the teams were playing in four quarters. After trying to make a first quarter adjustment, the Hawks found themselves in a similar situation later on in the first half with NOVA in control of the ball in the Hawks' defensive zone. NOVA passed the ball efficiently and scored two more goals before the first half ended – one by Bimosan Ghimive, and Al Maari netted his second goal from a pass inside the box with two minutes remaining in the first half.
It appeared that any time the Hawks would have possession of the ball in their offensive zone, it was short-lived through the defensive pressure NOVA's defenders were putting on display. The Hawks didn't have more men on offense than NOVA had on defense as NOVA trapped CSM's offensive players in two-on-one scenarios.
The Night Hawks added three more goals in the second half, continuing the same defensive pressure on CSM and controlling the time of possession on offense throughout the game. Nineteen of NOVA's 36 shots were on goal, and six of its seven goals were assisted. The Hawks got on the scoreboard with three minutes remaining in the game, when Nicholas Krisko's shot went high over the goalie from a touch pass from Nicholas McManhan. CSM had four shots total, two of them on goal.
Game one of the Jake Shelton era at CSM is in the books. Shelton and his staff realize that it's just the first game, and there are plenty more games left to be played in the season. The Hawks will look to regroup and move forward to their next game at Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) Catonsville this Saturday, Sept. 8, at 4 p.m.