PAXTON, Mass.—The Anna Maria College men's soccer team suffered a 2-0 loss to Mitchell College in the season opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at AMCAT Field.
After a scoreless first half, the Mariners struck first in the 55th minute as Jordan Derosier scored on a header shot. Positioned in front of the net, Derosier one-touched a corner kick past Anna Maria freshman goalkeeper Patrick Thornberg (Wayland, Mass.).
Nearly 22 minutes later, the Mitchell squad was granted a free kick following an AMCAT foul, and Frank Williams buried the direct shot from 45-yards out.
The AMCATS' best opportunity to score came minutes after Mitchell's first goal, as Christopher Mattioli (Sturbridge, Mass.) and John Isperduli (Paxton, Mass.) peppered back-to-back shots on net seconds apart, but Mariners' goalkeeper Ramazan Sinani stopped both shots for the shutout victory.
Sinani totaled nine saves on the afternoon, while Thronberg finished with five for the AMCATS. Anna Maria was outshot 20-16 overall, but held a 9-7 advantage in shots on goal.
The AMCATS return to action on Tuesday when they travel to MIT for a 7:00 p.m. non-conference match.