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Men’s Soccer Splits at Hampden-Sydney Classic

Monday, September 13, 2010

Hampden-Sydney, Va. – Marymount University’s men’s soccer team split its pair of games at the Hamden-Sydney Classic over the weekend. The Saints opened the tournament with a 1-0 loss to local rival Catholic before rebounding with a 4-0 shutout over Moravian to close out play.

Senior goalkeeper William Brahmstedt, junior midfielder Kjell Crooke and sophomore forward Cherif Moktefi each garnered All-Tournament honors for their efforts. Brahmstedt collected 14 saves in two games while Crooke and Moktefi both tallied a pair of goals with Moktefi adding an assist.

In the opener, the Cardinals jumped on the board in the 18th minute to take a 1-0 lead they would hold the rest of the way. Catholic bombarded the Saints with 18 shots on the day but only eight of those were on target. Brahmstedt recorded seven saves in the game, including six in the opening half.

Taking the pitch the next day, the Saints (2-3) put together a strong performance to put the tough loss behind them. Crooke put Marymount on the board early with a goal on a penalty kick in the 17th minute to give the MU a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

Coming off the bench in the 20th minute, Moktefi made his presence felt almost immediately by netting his first goal of the day just over five minutes later at the 24:24 mark. Up 2-0, the Saints added a third score in the stanza in the 36th minute as Moktefi sent a cross from the left side to a waiting Crooke on the right post for the goal.

Holding off a second half barrage of 15 shots by Moravian, the Saints added a final goal with a little over 10 minutes to play as Moktefi netted his second goal of the day.

Brahmstedt again collected seven saves for MU in the win, his second of the year.

The Saints return to action on Wednesday, September 15, as they open Capital Athletic Conference play on the road at Frostburg State at 5 p.m.