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DETROIT — Marygrove men’s soccer improved to 1-0-1 in WHAC play and 4-4-1 overall with a convincing 4-2 win over nearby league foe, Michigan-Dearborn, on Wednesday (Sept. 30) in Detroit. The Mustangs tied a season-high with four goals â all unanswered to begin Wednesday’s WHAC Darby â before the visiting Wolverines answered late with a pair of goals for the 4-2 final.
The Wolverines fall to 3-5-0 overall and 1-2-0 in conference play after the setback.
Senior captain Abdoulie Jallow started the scoring for the Mustangs with a 23rd minute goal off of an Oneil Robinson (Montego Bay, Jamaica/Cornwall College) assist. Robinson slotted a ball through to Jallow (Bansang, The Gambia/Rust College) who beat the keeper left for the first goal on the match.
The goal was Jallow’s fourth of the season and would stand as the lone tally in the first half as defense controlled the opening stanza. The Mustangs took a 1-0 lead into the break off of Jallow’s goal and owned a 6-1 shots on goal advantage entering halftime.
Robinson opening the lid on second half scoring with a quality run down the right side that allowed Jallow to find him for the goal. The tally was an exact opposite of how the game started as Jallow found Robinson this time to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead in the 60th minute.
The Mustangs struck again in the 72nd minute when Haider Alzayadi (Simawa, Iraq/Wayne State University) played a ball through to forward Gbenga Ayanwale (Osun State, Nigeria/Atanda International) for the Green and Gold’s third goal of the match. Alzayadi, seeing his first action of the 2015 campaign, would be the engine once again two minutes later when he slotted a ball forward to Robinson for another Mustang goal.
Robinson’s goal was his second of the match and fifth point overall as the senior forward gave the Mustangs a commanding 4-0 lead in the 74th minute. Alzayadi earned back-to-back assists on goals three and four for the Mustangs, making his presence known in the midfield for head coach Matt Johnson and the Mustangs.
The Wolverines would tuck in two late goals, one in the 81st minute and another in the 88th minute, to cut the Mustangs lead in half as the Wednesday afternoon WHAC match ended in a 4-2 final tally.
The Mustangs outshot the Wolverines 15-4 overall and 9-3 on target to earn three WHAC points in the victory. With four points on the young conference campaign, the Mustangs now sit in the middle of the pack heading into Saturday (Oct. 3) night’s showdown at NAIA No. 2 Davenport University. First kick from Grand Rapids, Mich. is slated for 7 p.m.
NOTEWORTHY: Starting keeper Austin Valentine (Westland, Mich./Concordia-Ann Arbor) earned his fourth win in net for the Mustangs to move to 4-3-1 on the season, his first with the Mustangs. For the first time in his career, Valentine stood opposite his brother, Adam Valentine, on the pitch in the Mustangs two-goal win over Michigan-Dearborn. Adam Valentine is a freshman defender for the Wolverines.
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