HOWELL – The Cleary University men’s and women’s soccer teams opened their inaugural seasons last night (Aug. 21) on the road. The men lost to the University of Michigan-Dearborn 6-1 while the women lost to Lawrence Tech, 6-0.
“Very few young men have the chance to make history," Cleary University’s men’s head coach Thomas Greeley told his team before the game. "You are doing that tonight!"
With Cleary trailing 5-0 in the second half, Maher Haiden, a freshman from Hamtramck, scored the first goal in Cleary University soccer history with 37:22 left in the game.
“We helped them score goals in the first half,” Greeley said. “They were exploiting our gaps and getting numbers behind us on our end of the field. The second half was much different, we played them 2-1 in goals.”
The Cleary women’s team started 11 players against the Blue Devils (3-0).
“We just ran out of legs,” said Tom Hackenberry, the Cleary women’s coach. “We held them to 2-0 in the first half, but we just couldn’t keep up.”
Despite the loss, Cleary freshman keeper Paige Colosimo of Lapeer had 16 saves against 22 shots on goal.
The women's team plays its first home game Saturday, Aug. 24 at Page Field in Howell. The Cougars face Marygrove College at 5 p.m. The game is free and open to the public.
The men open their home season Wednesday, Aug. 28 at Page Field vs. Rochester College. Game time is 7 p.m.
“Although the scores were 6-1 and 6-0 respectively, the student athletes played with enthusiasm and valor,” said Tom Sullivan, president of Cleary University. “There was much to encourage Cleary fans; both teams played aggressively were quick to the ball, worked the ball to one another's feet, eventually found their rhythm, and never gave up. They represented our University incredibly well, and Barb and I were incredibly proud of all of them.”
Cleary University reintroduced its collegiate athletic program in 2011 when it formed teams for men’s and women’s golf and cross country. Golf and cross country competed in 2012. Men’s and women’s soccer teams are scheduled to compete in 2013. Cleary is a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).
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