Thursday's men's soccer game between Montgomery and Manor College was exciting and came right down to the wire. The rain held off long enough to complete the game and, despite the overcast and slightly cold weather, both teams were fired up right from the beginning.
Manor is an NJCAA Division I school, meaning that they have the ability to offer full scholarships to their athletes. The Mustangs knew it would be an uphill battle. "[Manor] had several really good players," said head coach Tom Haney. "They were athletic and definitely in shape."
Knowing that they would have to start off strong, Ayoub Mouhou (SO, Daniel Boone) would take a pass from Raj Hogan (SO, North Penn) in the 7th minute and convert the first goal of the game. It wouldn't be too long before the Blue Jays would strike back however. The Mustangs fouled a Blue Jay right in front of the box, allowing them to convert a direct kick.
With the score tied 1-1, the Mustangs put their foot on the gas and continued to attack the net. Their effort would pay off, when a foul in the box turned into a penalty kick goal for Mouhou. The score would stay at 2-1 heading into halftime.
The second half was much different than the first half. Both teams came out with intensity, which showed in their fiestiness. Both teams were much more physical, which only increased the tension on the field. The physical play would cause Manor to draw a penalty kick halfway through the half. Luckily for the Mustangs, they were unable to convert.
However, unluckily for the Mustangs, the Blue Jays continued to battle till the last whistle. They tied the game up in the 70th minute. Montgomery battled back, but it seemed that Manor was just a step ahead of them. Manor would eventually take a 3-2 lead in the 80th minute. That gave the Mustangs only ten minutes to make something happen.
"I was really happy with the effort our guys showed," said Coach Haney. "We played till the last whistle and I'm proud of the way our guys fought." However, the Mustangs' effort did not lead to any more goals this time. They would fall just short, with the final score being 3-2.
Men's soccer will be back home on Tuesday, when they take on Lehigh Carbon Community College. The game will start at 3:30pm.