MAU boys soccer loses to MMU in OT, eliminated
MMU had gotten a goal late in the first half by freshman forward William Hauf and if MAU didn't act quick its season would come to an emphatic close.
That's when a ball came flying into the box and Patriots and Cougars crowded to get a head on the ball. MAU senior Matthew Glanovsky was one of those guys and when he was hit aggressively in the air a glimmer of hope came into the Patriots eyes.
Glanovsky was awarded a penalty kick against MMU goalkeeper Jack Underwood and in what was most likely the biggest shot of his life he wound up to kick. Underwood made the initial save, but it deflected back and Glanovsky managed to get a foot on the deflection and tied up the game.
With momentum squarely on the MAU side, the Patriots and Cougars battled into overtime with an intense last 15 minutes of regulation.
Soccer is a game of opportunity though and when the opportunity came for Hauf to put MAU away he did. The freshman scored his second goal of the game five minutes into overtime and ended the Patriots season.
MAU coach Mike Molloy was obviously disappointed his team's season ended and pointed to lack of execution as a clear reason the Patriots lost.
"They were counter-attacking. That was their method," said Molloy of how the Cougars played his team. "I don't think they had many shots on goal. There's were just our mistakes. We failed to clear. We kind of hit it off some people and they just stayed with it."
Molloy thought his team had a good chance going into overtime after controlling most of the second half.
"I really thought we had a good chance come overtime," Molloy said. "I thought we were starting to tilt it, but they took advantage. It was hard fought game and could have gone either way."
The situation that MAU found themselves in terms of experience could not be ignored in this game. With only three seniors on the team and only two of which were on varsity when the Patriots went to the state semifinals two years ago, this was pretty much the first playoff experience for every MAU player.
With that in mind, Molloy thought Thursday's game will be incredibly beneficial for the team moving forward.
"The future looks bright. We've got a lot of parts coming back," Molloy said. "It showed a lot of guys what we have to do. This is a Metro team that we played today. We can play with anybody in the state."
The Patriots will lose three seniors going into the 2018 season, with goalkeeper Dylan Woodside, midfielder Franklin Cody and Glanovsky all graduating in the Spring.
With the win, MMU moves on to the quarterfinals where they will meet No. 1 seed South Burlington on Saturday at 1 p.m.
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