- Inside Athletics
|Lawrence Tech (1-7, 0-1 WHAC)||0||1||1|
|Marygrove (6-1, 1-0 WHAC)||2||1||3|
|1||32:38||Ahmed Jamalaldin (Marygrove)|
|1||42:41||Khalid Suleiman (Marygrove)|
|2||53:28||Abdoulie Jallow (Marygrove)|
|2||79:56||Justin Ritchey (Lawrence Tech)|
|Lawrence Tech||Indv. Leaders||Marygrove|
|#3 Justin Ritchey - 1||Goals||3 Players - 1|
|None||Assists||#10 Jad El-Zein - 1|
|#3 Justin Ritchey - 6||Shots||#4 Abdoulie Jallow - 5|
|#0 Grady Beerck - 10||Saves||#21 Levanno Lewis - 6|
|Lawrence Tech||Team Statistics||Marygrove|
|13 (7)||Shots (on goal)||24 (13)|
DETROIT, Mich. -- Behind a barrage of shots, head coach Matt Johnson and the Mustangs (6-1, 1-0 WHAC) were able to win their Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) opener for the second consecutive season over Lawrence Tech. The win, coming by a 3-1 final, lifts the Mustangs' record to a program-best 6-1 on the season.
After sending a series of shots at the visiting Blue Devils' freshman keeper, the Mustangs were finally able to get on the board when Ahmed Jamalaldin (Dearborn, Mich./Henry Ford CC) scored his second goal in as many outings. Jamalaldin opened the Mustangs' conference scoring in the 33rd minute by beating the keeper off the crossbar.
Minutes before the half, newcomer Khalid Suleiman (Tulkarm, Palestine/Madonna University) sent a rocket into the back of the net for his first collegiate goal as a Mustang. Coming in the 43rd minute, Suleiman's goal was made possible by a Jad El-Zein (Tyre, Lebanon/Dearborn Fordson) assist.
The 2-0 lead would hold until eight minutes into the second half when the Mustangs added their final tally of the day. Abdoulie Jallow (Bansang, The Gambia/Rust), the WHAC's reigning Newcomer of the Year, scored his second goal of the 2013 campaign off his own rebound. The goal gave the Mustangs a 3-0 edge in the conference opener.
After the goal, Johnson would empty his bench to preserve his team for the tough slate of games that lies ahead.
Lawrence Tech would notch their lone goal of the day off a penalty kick after the Mustangs fouled in the box at the 80' mark. With the final tally holding at 3-1, Suleiman's inaugural goal as a collegiate student-athlete would be credited as the game-winner.
Levanno Lewis (Montego Bay, Jamaica/Cornwall), a freshman that missed the first chunk of the season, got his first nod in net and earned the win. Lewis stopped six Blue Devil shots, only allowing a PK goal in his debut.
"It's a good feeling to start conference play off on the right foot," said Johnson. "We played a fairly sound team game and came away with a win at home against a hard-working team."
The Mustangs will travel to Siena Heights University for a 7:00 p.m. tilt Wednesday (Sept. 25) before ending the week in Kentucky against the NAIA's fourth-ranked team, Lindsey Wilson College.