BENNINGTON, Vt.- In a rematch of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) championship game a year ago, the Southern Vermont College men's soccer team will host Daniel Webster College Saturday October 1st at 2:30PM. A year ago Daniel Webster won 2-0 in the championship game, advancing to the NCAA tournament.
Eagle senior Tim Amberman scored the first goal of the match 7:20 into the game. After most of the match was played between the middle of the field, 2011 senior captain Alex Jackson salted the game away with a goal in the 85th minute. The Eagles defense was able to hold, two time reigning NECC Player of the Week and 2010 Player of the Year, Nick Haggerty to only one shot in the finals last season.
Head Coach Tim Penrod made it very clear this years game however, wasn't a rematch of last seasons final. It is however a chance for his 2011 team to make a statement throughout the conference. The Mountaineers come into the match on top of the NECC standings with a 2-0 record in the conference. Daniel Webster is second in the conference after beating 2010 regular season champion Lesley University 1-0 a week ago.
"There has been a lot of hype about the match being a rematch from last year. From my standpoint it is not a rematch from the final last year, it is a regular season matchup of two different teams. There is certainly a great amount of rivalry, we have met four times in two years and the programs history dates back to the 90's," said Penrod. It is a game that we want to be our homecoming match, it is our biggest rival and it's an opportunity to set the tone for the remainder of the season. The game has implications for this year and this year only. A win doesn't make last year's loss feel any better."
Southern Vermont and Daniel Webster date back to the early 90's with a series record of 8-5-2 in favor of Daniel Webster. The Eagles have won the last six matchups against SVC, with the Mountaineers last win coming on October 8th, 2006. Tomorrow's matchup will be the first time in the last five matchups it will be on SVC's home field.
"You don't like to set a pattern of losing to a team that many times in a row, but again it is a matchup of this year's teams," said the Head Coach. "Tomorrow is a chance for us to make a statement that we are going to compete for a regular season conference championship and to get a bye in the first round with one of the top two seeds."
The game will feature some of the best talent in the conference. Haggerty comes into the game with eight goals in four games and a total of 10 goals in 2011. 2010 Playoff MVP, Jackson comes into the match with six points, two goals and two assists. Mountaineer goalkeeper Connor Anniello will be between the goal for SVC as he enters the match with six wins as a freshman. On the other side of the field, veteran Joe Keene will be in goal for DWC. Keene who has made great save after great save for the Eagles over the last two years will look to put Daniel Webster on top of the NECC standings.
Penrod finished by stating, "It will be a matchup, where two of the top players in the conference will go head to head, in Haggerty for us and Jackson for them. Keene will be a major obstacle for us, but we have just as much confidence in Connor [Anniello] on our side."
Kickoff for the match will be at 2:30PM at Everett Field on the campus of Southern Vermont. The Southern Vermont College Women's Soccer team will host Daniel Webster at noon. One thing is for certain for tomorrow's matchups, there won't be a lack of excitement.