LIVONIA, MI – The Ancilla College men’s soccer team dropped a pair of difficult matches on the road this past weekend, falling 3-2 at Owens Community College on Saturday and 2-0 at NJCAA #5 Schoolcraft College on Sunday.
It was always shaping up to be a difficult test for the Chargers (4-6-1, 4-6-1 Region 12) as both Owens and Schoolcraft were undefeated in Region play heading into the weekend. Ancilla, however, was riding a four game unbeaten streak, including a 2-2 draw one week prior at home against Schoolcraft.
Freshman winger Anthony Huard gave the Chargers a dream start at Toledo-based Owens, scoring in both the 10th and 13th minutes of the match for an early 2-0 lead. Both were similar strikes, as the Munster, IN, native ran onto diagonal passes from both Horraine Lewis and Cesar Landin and finished sharply with his left foot for the early advantage.
Things stayed that way until the 73rd minute, when Mikhail Weatherly was able to pull one back for The Express (8-3-0, 7-1-0 Region 12). The momentum of the match instantly changed and the Chargers suddenly found themselves scrambling. Owens continued their surge, scoring in both the 85th and 86th minutes through Glenroy Miller and Michael Hamouda to claim all three points in the standings.
At Schoolcraft, Ancilla found itself locked in a defensive stalemate with their MCCAA and Region 12 rivals 0-0 at the half.
Shortly after the break, a head injury to leading scorer Cody Koesters left the Chargers without one of their top attacking threats, and Schoolcraft (8-1-1, 6-0-1 Region 12) was able to break through shortly thereafter with goals in the 56th and 62nd minutes.
Ancilla was able to regroup and continued to push forward in search of goals, but could not solve an organized Schoolcraft side and the efforts of Ocelots keeper Ian McDonald-Wilkins.
Chargers goalkeeper Alex Howe finished with six saves against Owens and 13 against Schoolcraft.