Men's Soccer traveled south to face very challenging opponents Broward CC and the #5 ranked Eastern Florida and were unable to pick up a win. This talented young squad is on the verge of a breakout and as Coach Sexton puts it, "we have to work together to improve."
The weekend started with Broward CC in what turned out to be a very evenly matched game and a defensive juggernaut as both teams struggled to even get a shot on a goal. Juan David Herrera finally found the back of the net off a pass from Jesus Guerrero at the 71 minute mark. With such a tight game getting a goal that late in a tight game feels good perhaps too good as Bulldogs couldn't hold on. The Bulldogs gave the Falcons a PK at the 81-minute mark in which they converted and then the game winner with under a minute to go. Harry Williams was the star of the game for his stellar play at right back. Alfie Madden and Renan Fiore also received praise from Coach Sexton. Salvatore Mazza had 4 saves on the day.
Back to back games are challenging for any team, but when the second game is against a #5 ranked opponent you have your work cut out for you. The Bulldogs felt the pressure early and often as Eastern Florida seemed to want to make a statement, the Bulldogs faced 18 shots with 14 on the goal. Jake Toogood and Salvatore Mazza combined for 14 saves, but the Bulldogs could not mount any offense and fell to the Titans 3-0. Coach Sexton was happy that his team kept grinding, "We rallied in the second half, so that was good to see." Juan Manuel Molina, Nico Milot and Vitor Costa had good games and kept giving the Bulldogs flashes of greatness. Coach Sexton believes in this group and knows that as they come together they will be a force to be reckoned with.
The Bulldogs are at home on 9/18 against SCAD starting at 5pm, the will travel to Spartanburg Methodist on 9/21 for a 2pm matchup.