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Wabash Drops One Goal Decision In Season Opener

The Wabash soccer team made a strong push in the final minutes of play, but could not come up with the game tying goal as the Little Giants fell 3-2 to Kalamazoo in the Wabash Soccer Classic Saturday.

Wabash had tied the game at 1-1 at the 14-minute mark of the game when senior Momodou Jagne (Banjul, Gambia/Gambia) connected on a free kick that cleared the wall and found the upper-left corner of the net. The Little Giants went to halftime tied 1-1, and came out a much more agressive team offenisively to open the second half.

With Jagne on the bench, the Little Giants managed to put two shots on goal in the first 20 minutes of the second half, but could not get the goal. Kalamazoo found the net, though, at the 60-minute mark when David Dwaihy arched a shot into the top of the net to give the Hornets a 2-1 lead. Kalamazoo put the third goal on the scoreboard with 20 minutes left in the match.

With only three minutes remaining, the Hornets were whistled for a foul just outside the penalty box, setting Jagne up for another free kick. Again he found the back of the net just past the goalkeeper to bring Wabash to within one goal. The Little Giants put on a strong offensive rush in the final two minutes of the match, but could not produce a score with their final two shots to lose the opening match of the season.

Jagne's two goals give him 58 for his career, moving him past Kebba Manneh's 57 career goals and into second-place on the all-time list. Jagne trails soccer legend James Freeman, who finished his career with 64 goals.