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Concordia Men's Soccer Beaten By C.W. Post

BROOKVILLE, N.Y. – The Clippers men’s soccer team fell just short of earning their first victory of the season, falling to host C.W. Post 2-1 Wednesday after taking an early 1-0 lead.

“We started off the game in the positive manner, moved the ball around and created chances which got us off to a great start,” stated Head Coach Craig Wilkinson. “The rest of the half we moved the ball well. Our back four played well -- Xhovano (Dardha), (Jonathan) Short, Alessandro (Persampieri) and Doug (Cambridge).”

The Clippers got on the board two minutes into the game when Ekene Okereke found the back of the net for his first goal of the season. The Pioneers evened the game at 1-1 off Cemil Turan’s fourth goal of the season.

Turan received a crossing ball from Andreas Olson, who managed to head the ball into the right side of the goal. With only five minutes to play in the game, C.W. Post scored the go-ahead goal off Eivind Austboe’s fourth goal of the season.

Concordia was unable to get the equalizer in the closing minutes as the Pioneers earned their third win of the season.

“In the second half we came out and absorbed the pressure, played our game well,” Wilkinson said. “Another mistake cost us in the end. When it was tied 1-1, we still looked dangerous in front of the goal. When they got the second goal, we still played hard. They never gave up tonight.”

Wilkinson cited Daniel Espinoza and Cambridge for their strong efforts.

“Cambridge played a great game at center back and did everything I could ask for,” Wilkinson said. “He tackled well, kept his discipline and was a bright spot in this evening’s game. Even though we lost, I still take positives from this game. C.W. Post is ranked sixth in region, we played well and it will help us for the Phil U game this weekend.”

Concordia (0-3, 0-0 CACC) will play its last away game of four to begin the season Saturday when it travels to Philadelphia University for a noon kickoff.

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