TAMARAC, Florida – The University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes men’s soccer team dropped two games over the weekend to the University of Fort Lauderdale Eagles.
The Mingoes lost the first match, 5-0, on Friday and came back Saturday and fell, 3-0. Mingoes’ Assistant Head Coach Alex Thompson said the team was missing a few key players for various reasons. He said they could have made a huge impact on the team.
“We had some players really step up and solidify places on the team. There’s a lot to look forward to going back home to the local league,” said Thompson. “The freshman got battle-hardened and the vets got sharpened in certain positions.”
Fort Lauderdale 5,
Mingoes 0 (Friday)
The Mingoes started the match off playing strong against the Eagles but a weak middle left the side vulnerable. The Eagles scored on an easy pass in the 16th minute and never looked back. They had another score three minutes later and ended the half up 2-0.
In the second half, the Mingoes were a bit more defensive but the Eagles were still able to score in the 66th, 68th, and 78th minutes of the match. Offensive production, or the lack thereof for the Mingoes, was a big factor in the match. The Eagles took 23 shots with 15 on goal while the Mingoes only had five total shots and two on goal.
The Eagles were more aggressive as well as the side racked up 13 fouls compared to six for the Mingoes. The Mingoes goalkeepers had to work hard as they had 10 saves on the day.
Fort Lauderdale 3, Mingoes 0 (Saturday)
The Mingoes came out very slow in the match. The Eagles went up 1-0 on an unassisted goal in the 10th minute. The defense kicked in for the Mingoes and the team was able to keep the Eagles off the scoreboard for the remainder of the half, but offensively, they only had one shot.
In the second half, with the Mingoes down 1-0, the Eagles went to a very passive style of play, essentially keeping the ball away from UB. On their end of the field, the Eagles capitalized on their shot attempts. They scored in the 53rd and 76th minutes of the game, and won, 3-0.
The Mingoes ended the match with only three shots and one on goal while the Eagles had 19 shots and seven of them on goal.
Thompson said the match came down to three key points.
“It came down to concentration, attitude, and effort,” he said. “Unfortunately, we were the team that made the most mistakes. Three mistakes in particular led to three goals for them and that made the difference in the game.”
Thompson added the team was in a much better position in this match compared to the first one but the ball was just not finding itself in back of the net.
“It was a much better showing from the guys on Saturday as we changed up the game plan a bit and they carried out the instructions, more or less, but we were just unlucky on the attacking end and needed to pay more attention to detail on the defensive end,” said Thompson.
The Mingoes now move to the Bahamas Football Association’s (BFA) season that starts for them on Friday at 7 p.m. They will take on the Renegades FC at the Roscow A.L. Davies Soccer Field.