USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
MONTREAL – FC Montreal got goals from Aron Mkungilwa and Jacques Haman as it took a 2-0 victory against Southern New Hampshire University on Wednesday afternoon at Olympic Stadium.
Both goals arrived in the second half, as Mkungilwa opened the scoring on the hour-mark when he pushed forward from midfield and drove into the penalty area before finishing into the right corner of the net. Haman added a second in stoppage time, beating his marker before finishing.
“We were good defensively and recognized the moments when we could put high pressure, and that's the positive point,” said FC Montreal Coach Philippe Eullaffroy. “Then, it's frustrating to see the lack of efficiency in the last 20 metres, given the number of chances we created. If we don't fix this in the next weeks, we will suffer in the beginning of the season.”
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Montreal had chances to take the lead in the first half, the biggest coming when Janouk Charbonneau was brought down in the penalty area for a penalty kick. Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla stepped up, but had his effort saved by the SNHU goalkeeper.
Fabio Morelli also went close just before the hour-mark, but his shot came back off the crossbar.
Montreal will play its first two home games of the season at Olympic Stadium, and Eullaffroy was pleased to get his team a feel for the environment before its season opener against Bethlehem Steel FC on Friday, March 25.
“It's a big plus to play our last preparation games at the Olympic Stadium,” said Eullaffroy. “We will be able to get used to many things.”
Montreal will face the Rochester Rhinos in its next preseason contest on March 15. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. ET at Olympic Stadium.