Men's soccer looked to continue their winning streak at Northampton Community College on Thursday. With a 2-0 start to the season, the Mustangs knew that they could take care of business when they needed to. However, this Northampton team was nothing to scoff at.
The game was close early on. "We struggled a bit with their defense in the first half, as they put a lot of players in the box," said head coach Tom Haney. "As the half continued, our players figured it out." The game remained scoreless until the 40th minute. Finally, the Mustangs broke through. Last week's EPAC Player of the Week, Ayoub Mouhou (SO, Daniel Boone), scored first for the Mustangs. The game really opened up from there. Elias Gehman (FR, Chrisopher Dock) added two more goals in three minutes to bring the score to 3-0 at the half.
The game was no longer a defensive oriented game. Northampton scored five minutes into the second half, but Connor Kristoff (FR, Upper Moreland) answered with two of his own. The spartans wouldn't go away however, grabbing two more goals and bringing the score to 5-3. "I will give credit to Northampton," said Coach Haney. "It's no easy task to come back from down 5-1 and bring it to 5-3." But the Mustangs would eventually silence the Spartans. A goal from Aidan O'Leary and Imrana Mainassara (SO, Cheltenham) would seal the 7-3 win for the Mustangs.
Men's soccer will play their next match at home against Bergen Community College on Saturday.