Aggressive Catamounts fall to Montgomery in Region XX Final

UPPER MARLBORO, MD — Going for broke, Potomac State College had its plan backfire during the first half and the second-seeded Catamounts fell at the hands of No. 1 Montgomery, 6-1, Saturday in the Region XX Division III Soccer Tournament at Prince George’s College.

Having lost 5-1 to the Raptors for their only blemish in the regular season, Potomac State entered Saturday with the mindset of being more aggressive against the No. 2 ranked team in NJCAA Division III. All it wound up doing was giving Montgomery two penalty kicks, one of which they converted, and draw a red card for aggressive play that left the Cats with one less player for the final 55 minutes of the match.

“We knew we had to be more physical going in after losing to them earlier in the year, so we started off much more aggressive,” said Ray Kiddy, now in his fourth year as PSC’s head coach. “But it cost us two kicks and a player in the end, and playing short-handed the final 55 minutes is a major no-no.”

The Catamounts finish the season 15-2-2 and have lost to the Raptors in the Region XX finals the past two seasons, having lost 1-0 last year.

Montgomery is now 21-1 and will advance to the national tournament in Herkimer, N.Y.

Gabriel Nidaye scored the first goal and assisted on the second goal as Montgomery built a 2-0 lead at halftime.

Geovanny Villotoro scored in the first and the second half, and Saad Merzouk had two assists of the Raptors’ second half goals.

Potomac State cracked its goose egg with 13:40 remaining in the second half. Sophomore Caleb Goodin scored on an assist from Brandon Jones.

Connor Eberly made 12 saves in goal for PSC. Marion Romero had one in the win. Eberly, along with Brandon Lee and Goodin, were named to the All-Region XX Tournament Team.

“We had another great season, and we’ve got 16 freshmen waiting to return next year,” Kiddy said. “I need to thank the four sophomore captains of Eberly, Goodin, Brandon Cutter and Chris Ranker. They should be very proud of what they’ve done the past two seasons.”