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Marymount men's soccer game broadcast in Spanish for first time

Victory was the Saints second in a row
Members of the Marymount University men's soccer team, a squad than has a two-game winning streak after a Sept. 15 home victory, gathers for a photo.

In honor of National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week and Hispanic Heritage Month, Marymount University broadcast its home men’s soccer game in Spanish on Friday afternoon at Long Bridge Park as the Saints played Notre Dame of Maryland.

The match was streamed on the Atlantic East Network. The stream broadcast was the first Spanish language broadcast in Marymount history. 

The broadcast featured a halftime interview with Marymount president Irma Becerra.

Born in Cuba, Becerra immigrated to the United States with her parents when she was an infant and lived in Puerto Rico through her high-school years.

At the end of the interview, Becerra led a brief cheer of “Go Saints.”

Marymount won the non-conference match, 1-0, to improve to 2-3-1 overall. Matthew Correa scored Marymount’s goal in the second half as Alvaro Valdovinos had an assist.

The Saints entered the season coming off the first conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in program history last season. The team includes a number of student-athletes with roots from Mexico, Honduras and Argentina, among others.

Prior to the Sept. 15 match, the Marymount men blanked Hood College, 5-0, in its previous match behind three goals from Leonardo Torres and one each by Kevin Cassinera and Darry Cozier. Matthew Correa-Veizaga, Diego Rozo and Jonathan Guevara (two) had assists.

Bayron Banegas made one save to earn the shutout in goal.