THE University of The Bahamas Mingoes men’s soccer side dropped two matches over the weekend in Daytona Beach in the team’s international schedule.
The Mingoes lost to ASA-Miami on Saturday 3-0 after a 40-minute lightning delay and then came back to fall to Daytona State College 8-0 on Sunday.
Head coach Dion Godet said he wasn’t disappointed in the team’s performance because the team played as best it could.
“We just got outmatched in terms of physicality in both matches,” he said.
ASA-Miami 3, UB Mingoes 0
Saturday’s match against the ASA-Miami Silver Storm started in squalls of rain that forced referees to cover their eyes just to see them play on the field in Daytona Beach.
The match was stopped for about 45 minutes because lightning was detected in the area.
When the Mingoes came back they seemed to be a little more focused.
However a penalty kick gave the Silver Storm the 1-0 lead going into the half.
The Silver Storm connected on a goal and then on another penalty kick to end the match with a 3-0 score.
The Storm had 23 shots on goal in the game.
Mingoes goalkeeper Jared Sands had 14 saves before being substituted out for Aaron Munnings. Munnings had 5 saves.
Head coach Dion Godet said that considering the differences in size and strength he could not be disappointed with the way the team played. “I think we got outmatched in terms of physicality,” he said.
“We went against a team that obviously had some football skills in them and at the end of the day their football skills with just pure physical strength did us in.”
He added that the team needed to take a serious lesson from the game.
“Overall we played a team that demonstrated that if you put the time in at the gym and you develop your football bodies you’re going to have an advantage over a team that is the team that is challenged by the physical side of the game,” he said.
Daytona State 8, UB Mingoes 0
In Sunday’s match, the Mingoes came into the match hoping for a better result than the day before but the side took on an even taller and stronger side in the Daytona State Falcons.
The Falcons scored in the first five minutes of play and did not hold on the offensive onslaught. The Mingoes went into the half down 7-0.
The Falcons had 37 shots on goal to go along with 12 corner kicks on the afternoon leading to the 8-0 final score.
“We came in to the game today to get a win but after the loss in the first game we found it hard to recover,” said assistant coach Harvey Mullings.