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Chris Smith (21) scores a goal in Williamson's 5-3 loss to TCNJ
Men's Soccer - Thu, Sep. 7, 2017

A young Williamson team dealing with the loss to graduation of All-American Blake Dunston and Jesse Martinez gave it all they could but fell just short in a season opening 5-3 loss to The College of New Jersey's club team at home on Thursday night.

Williamson had several other holes to fill from last year and it took them a while to get going initially.  They fell behind 1-0 at the 33-minute mark.  Williamson's offense then woke up as they used goals by Justin Daehling (SR/North Cape May, NJ) and Chris Smith (JR/Tullahoma, TN) to take a 2-1 lead with 20 minutes left in the first half.  TCNJ then took advantage of two big mistakes by Williamson's defense to score twice in just over three minutes to go up 3-2 right before half.

The Lions came out strong to start the second half and scored at the 38:16 mark to increase their lead to 4-2.  Williamson was not done however as they kept the pressure on as they managed to pull to within a goal with 22:40 left on a penalty kick goal by Smith.  Try as they may, they could not get the game tying goal and TCNJ put the nail in the coffin with just 2:39 left to post the 5-3 win.

"We didn't make too many mistakes but every time we did, they made us pay," said Williamson head coach Joh Curran.  "We have plenty to work on but we certainly didn't lose for a lack of effort."

Williamson gets right back into action this Monday in a 4:00 P.M. afternoon home game against Penn State York in what should be a real test for the Mechanics. The then host Patrick Henry College also in a 4:00 P.M. start on Wednesday afternoon.