Auston Pellegrino scored the lone goal for Harford in its season opening loss to Essex.
Auston Pellegrino scored the lone goal for Harford in its season opening loss to Essex. (Courtesy of Richard Naver)

A half-dozen second half goals from Essex spoiled Harford’s men’s soccer season opener, as the Fighting Owls fell to the Knights, 6-1, Tuesday night at the Harford Sports Complex.

Harford freshman goalkeeper Ben Florio (John Carroll) put on a stellar performance, stopping 14 shots across the 90-minute contest. His seven saves in the opening half kept the score line at 0-0 heading into the break. Essex came out swinging early in the second, scoring three times in the first 13 minutes. Harford finally found a goal in the 66′ minute, as Barrett Young threaded a ball around the Essex keeper and onto the boot of Auston Pellegrino, who finished with a left-footed strike for his first collegiate goal.

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The newfound momentum did not last long as Essex went on to score three more times in the final 20 minutes to head back to Baltimore with the win.

Harford drops to 0-1 (0-1 Md Juco) with the loss, while the Knights improve to 2-1 (1-0 Md Juco).

Women’s volleyball loses, too

The Harford women’s volleyball began its 2019 season on Wednesday, dropping their opening match in straight sets (28-26, 25-22, 26-24) to the Harcum Bears inside the APGFCU Arena.

Sophomore Maria Lopez led the way for the Fighting Owls with 10 kills, 10 digs and three aces. Freshman Alex Leslie (Perryville) also saw plenty of action, tallying six kills, three aces and two assists.

Harford drops to 0-1 after the loss, while the Bears move to 3-1 with the win.

Harcum managed to pull away by razor thin margins in the first and third sets, needing extra points to best the Fighting Owls. The Bears flipped a 22-16 deficit in the opener and fended off a pair of potential set points in the third to secure the sweep.

The Fighting Owls nearly pulled off a comeback in the middle set as well, rallying off six straight points before an attacking error sealed their fate. Sophomore setter Faith Hill (Harford Tech) notched 10 assists, while freshman Maddy Weyer also hit double digit helpers. Freshman Julia Ferro recording the lone block for Harford.

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