FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2009
Men’s soccer downed by Alabama A&M, 2-1
Alabama A&M got a big play from an unlike player as senior goalie Paul Musoke scored the game-winning goal in the second half to lift the Bulldogs past the JU men’s soccer team, 2-1, on Friday night in the JU/Nike Invitational at the Ashley Sports Complex.
With the score tied at one in the 67th minute, Musoke laced a 26-yard shot on a free kick in the left corner of the goal to help the Bulldogs (2-7-0) snap their seven-match losing streak. He also notched six saves between the posts to secure the win, while junior forward Abraham Kassaye added the game-tying goal in the 53rd minute to assist in the Bulldogs’ second-half comeback.
Despite having a lead in the first half, the Dolphins (1-4-1) allowed two goals in the second half for the third time in their seven overall matches this season.
“This was not a good result,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “We battled in the first half and were able to get a good goal with a minute remaining. Unfortunately, we played a sluggish second half, which did us in tonight. It’s sounds like a broken record now, but we have to work hard for the entre 90 minutes for a chance at a win. We have to get out of this bad habit so we can stop hurting ourselves.”
With less than a minute left in the first half, senior defender Eddie Munnelly took a ball down the right side of the field and played it into the box. Junior forward Nedim Hrustic took the cross from Munnelly unmarked and headed the ball into the back of the net to give the Dolphins a 1-0 advantage.
The Bulldogs got the second half started on a good note as Kassaye scored in the left side of net on a pass from senior midfielder Rogers Atugonza at 52:39.
Less than 15 minutes later, junior forward Eric Kamya was fouled outside of the box by the Dolphins’ defense. Musoke came to take the free kick and fired a low rocket around the wall, which found the low left side of the net past the outstretched hands of the senior goalie Joey Sanchez.
The Dolphins had six more attempts at scoring, but none of the shots landed past Muoske and the Bulldogs.
Earlier in the day, Atlantic Sun rival Stetson rallied from a two goal halftime deficit to earn a 5-4 win in double overtime over No. 26 College of Charleston.
The Dolphins round out the tournament at home on Sunday against the Cougars at 2:30 p.m. The Hatters and Bulldogs will open the day at 11:30 a.m.
2009 MEN'S SOCCER