COLUMBIA, Md. – Down 4-1 late in the second half, the Northern Virginia Community College soccer team mounted a comeback, but could not finish the job as the Nighthawks fell 5-3 to Anne Arundel at the semifinals of the NJCAA Region 20 Championship Thursday afternoon.
NOVA closes out the 2018 campaign 4-5-2 and returns to the field next August for the start of preseason practice.
AACC jumped on top 2-0 in the 26th minute after a pair of goals by Peter Roberts, which is how the match would go into halftime.
During the first half of action, the Nighthawks struggled to get any offense generated as they could only get two shots fired off. Dillion Jones had a header late in the half, and Abdullah Al Maari also sent a shot toward the box, but was denied.
Then 30 seconds into the second period, NOVA got on the board when Bimosan Ghmire sent his penalty kick attempt into the back of the net. It was Ghmire seventh goal of the season, which tied for the team lead with Al Maari.
Seven minutes later, the Riverhawks added to their lead to make it 3-1 with less than 38 minutes left.
In the 78th minute, AACC scored its fourth goal of the day, but the Nighthawks caught fire moments later when Andrew Bailey and Al Maari scored back-to-back goals in the 79th and 80th minute to make it 4-3.
However, NOVA could not continue the momentum shift, as the Riverhawks put the game away in the 83rd minute when Angel Calderon scored on a penalty kick.
Over the final seven minutes, the Nighthawks continued to pepper the Riverhawks goalie, but all their attempts did not hit the target.