A Day of Two's

BENNINGTON, Vt.- It was a day of two's for the Southern Vermont College Men's Soccer team Saturday afternoon at Everett field. In the second game of the season SVC scored a pair of goals in each half, and allowed a pair of goals in the first half to win 4-2 over visiting Bard College. SVC improved to 2-0 with the victory as Bard slipped to 0-2.

Pierre Massena once again led the Mountaineers high powered offense with a second consecutive two goal game. Massena put SVC on the board 2:23 into the match when he collected a loose ball on the 18, and beat the keeper to the right. Exactly 20 minutes later Massena finished his second goal, off an Ignacio Cervantes cross.

The Raptors responded very quickly however, tying the game three minutes later. Jonah Peterschild received a pass from Christian Letourneau and finished it home, at the 25:15 mark. A minute and a half later Bard sent a cross in that deflected off a Southern Vermont defender for an own goal, to tie the match at 2.

"Pierre has a lot of energy, he plays hard, and puts himself in good position to score," said Head Coach Tim Penrod. "Once we got up 2-0 we took our foot off the gas a little and they took advantage of it. However, we made the adjustments at halftime to build up our offense instead of play a transition game and the team responded well."

For the second straight game Southern Vermont came out of the half and put a goal away early. Off a set piece from Chris Hansen, Connor Murray redirected a header past the keeper for a SVC 3-2 lead. After thirty minutes of the majority of play in the midfield, senior Noah Massucci carried a ball 20 yards before splitting two Raptor defenders to find the foot of Nick Haggerty. Haggerty then did what he has done so well in a SVC uniform and found the back of the net.

"In the second half we possessed the ball much better, mainly because the communication picked up," said Murray, who scored his fourth goal in a Mountaineer uniform. "I saw an opening, jumped and barely touched it, but it was enough to beat the keeper," he mentioned when discussing his game winning goal.

Southern Vermont evened the series, 3-3-1, with Bard since 2000 and is 2-0-1 in the last three meetings.   The Mountaineers will look to find the win column again Wednesday the 7th when they travel to Castleton for an in-state showdown at 7:00PM.