Anderson Shines At NASL Combine

Anderson Shines At NASL Combine
Barry University men's soccer coach Steve McCrath and forward Mark Anderson

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Barry University soccer standout Mark Anderson delivered a successful showing this weekend at the North American Soccer League pre-draft combine. Anderson participated in three games over the three-day combine, and put his skills on display at Lockhart Stadium.

On Friday, Anderson scored a nice goal in the second minute as he cut inside to his left about 30 yards out, deked a defender and struck a well-placed shot with his left foot into the lower right corner. Twenty minutes later, Anderson chipped a shot over the goalkeeper only to be denied by the crossbar. Throughout the match, Anderson made many quality passes leading to great chances for others which were not converted, while playing for the Green squad.

The following day, Anderson continued his strong play creating several scoring opportunities for his teammates which went unconverted. Anderson also had a good opportunity to finish himself, but it was deflected by a defender, and the goalkeeper was able to get a hand on the ball to keep it from going in.

The forward from Durham, England finished the combine playing against the Red team, which was coached by Barry University’s Steve McCrath. Anderson led off the scoring on Sunday by slipping in behind the backline and chipping a ball from 20 yards over the keeper to go up 1-0.  Anderson had a few more opportunities throughout the match, and finished on the winning side of a 2-1 final.