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Friday, September 6, 2013

UDC Men's Soccer Erupts for Four Unanswered Goals in Season-Opening Win vs. Holy Family

September 6, 2013

Firebirds Erupt for Four Unanswered Goals in Season-Opening Win vs. Holy Family

WASHINGTON, DC – After surrendering a goal in the opening minutes of action, the University of the District of Columbia men's soccer team scored four unanswered goals for a convincing, 4-1 season-opening win against Holy Family on a beautiful Friday afternoon in the nation's capital.
Under head coach Matt Thompson, UDC is 3-0 in season-opening games, as the Firebirds begin the season 1-0 and the Tigers fall to 0-1.
Four different Firebirds tallied goals, including freshman forward Felix Angerer (Business Administration – Bayreuth, Germany/Graj Minster Gymnasium) who registered a goal and two assists. Fellow freshman forward Sam Rowden (Psychology – Lincoln, England/Saint Peter Saint Paul Catholic) was credited with a goal and an assist as well.
Sophomore co-captain Louis Connor earned the win in goal in his debut for UDC with four saves and one goal allowed. HFU's Nick Aglira made five stops while allowing four goals in the loss.
Holy Family's Ahmed Elgayar took the first shot of the game right around the three-minute mark. Elgayar's shot was stopped by Connor, only to trickle right to the feet of Justin Massaro, who hammered the ball in from only five yards out for the game's first goal.
District of Columbia responded a little over seven minutes later when sophomore Elio Hernandez(Health – Germantown, MD/Northwest HS) finished off a pretty pass by Angerer immediately following a cross sent into the box by senior Bakary Coulibaly (Electrical Engineering – Hyattsville, MD/La Lumiere HS).
The Firebirds struck again less than two minutes later when Rowden rocketed a shot from about 20 yards out following a long outlet pass by Connor and through ball by Angerer.
With a little over 10 minutes left to play before halftime, Angerer netted the first goal of his career when he scored on his own rebound of a penalty kick. Angerer's goal sent the Firebirds into halftime with a comfortable, 3-1 lead.
The Firebirds sat on their 3-1 lead for much of the second half as the Tigers owned a 6-3 shot advantage in that closing period. Still, it was only UDC which netted a second half goal as the speedy junior reserve Byron Brown (Accounting – Silver Spring, MD/Pocono Mountain HS) entered the game late and almost immediately scored a breakaway goal to make it 4-1.
Next up for UDC is another home game on Sunday at 1 p.m. vs. Goldey-Beacom College. The last time these two schools met was Thompson's first game as head coach of the Firebirds, and UDC won 1-0 on September 2nd, 2011.

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