The team bounced back from their previous loss of the season with a 4-2 win against the San Jose Spartans on September 13th
By Kulia Osborne
At an exciting home game, Saint Mary’s men’s soccer team went up against the San Jose Spartans. This game followed a 0-1 loss to Grand Canyon University. The game started with the Spartans taking a 1-0 lead against the Gaels in the first 10 minutes of the game. This didn’t deter the Gaels, as they closed in on the goal for the Spartan numerous times.
There were multiple attempts at a goal by number two, Christian Engmman, but Sweeney from the Spartans saved both hits from Engmman. This, however, ended up leading to a pass from number twelve, Andrew Rotter to number six, Bourdanne Ngongofor, who promptly kicked the ball into the goal, thus making this Ngongofor’s first goal of his collegiate career. Excitement was high and the cheers were heavy, but this wasn’t the end for the Gaels nor the Spartans.
Saint Mary’s then scored a second goal from Riley Lynch, putting the Gaels in the lead at the beginning of the second half. The Spartans were sure to remind the gaels that this wasn’t going to be an easy game when they attempted another goal against the Gaels, but number zero, Kash Oldapo, made an amazing stop before the goal could land against Saint Marys. However the Spartans soon secured a second goal thus evening the score 2-2. In the last couple minutes of the game, number three, Louis Sterobo, made an amazing pass to number seven, Phillip Van der Lof, who then made an amazing score in the 88th minute. It wasn’t over because then in the 89th minute number fourteen, David Borg, kindly responded with the final goal of the game.
Madison Sciba '24,