BENNINGTON, VT- For the third time in the 2011 season Pierre Massena scored two goals in a match for the Southern Vermont College Mountaineers. Also, for the third time this season the Mountaineers came away victorious. Massena scored the opening goal of the game 23 minutes in and added another five minutes into the second half to lead SVC past the visiting Sage Gators.
After Massena put Southern Vermont on the board Sage's Tyler Denton tied the score at one 12 minutes later. Evan Southworth played a through ball to Denton who finished the ball in the back of the net. The teams continued to battle through an evenly played first half, which went to halftime 1-1.
"I'm pleased with our effort for the first 30 minutes of the first half, and the first 25 minutes in the second half. We decided we were going to take control of the game in both halves and we created a lot of good opportunities," said Head Coach Tim Penrod.
In the second half the Mountaineers came out firing as Connor Murray redirected a loose ball to Massena who beat the keeper for his sixth goal of the season. Three minutes later Brett Clatworthy played a forty yard diagonal ball that Erik Argueta was able to run onto and finish near post.
"At halftime we talked about finishing our opportunities. In the first half we had plenty of opportunities we just weren't finishing," said Penrod. "In the second half we did just that. All night we set up our goals perfectly. We did a much better job passing the ball today."
With a 3-1 lead and ten minutes remaining the Mountaineers started to feel more pressure as the Gators pushed forward. With 2:33 remaining Sage received a Penalty Kick, that Wesley Finch scored to tighten the Mountaineer lead to 3-2.
"We need to improve defensively," said Penrod. "Overall it was a good win headed into conference play, we beat a team that was 4-1-1 and I believe Regis will be very similar."
The meeting was the first between the two squads, as Southern Vermont is now 3-2 and Sage is 4-2-1. SVC will play home both Saturday and Sunday as they open New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) play Saturday at 12:00 against Regis College. The Mountaineers will host regional powerhouse Wheaton College in a non-conference match up Sunday.