October 18, 2011

Mountaineers Improve to 5-0 in NECC

BENNINGTON, Vt.- There wasn't a lack of offense Tuesday afternoon when Southern Vermont College hosted Becker College in Men's Soccer action. The Mountaineers came away with a 4-2 victory in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) play at Everett Field. The two teams not only combined for six goals, they combined for 42 shots.

Most of those shots came in the first half as SVC took 15 and Becker took 11. However, Southern Vermont used two goals in the each half which proved to be the difference. Senior captain Nick Haggerty scored his 13th goal in 2011 when he took a pass from Chris Hansen 3:48 into the match. Haggerty received the ball dribbled to the right and fired a low driven shot past Becker Keeper Tim McDonald.

In the 19th minute, Haggerty controlled a goal kick at the center circle, flicked it over his left shoulder onto a streaking Noah Massucci. The opportunity was quickly stopped though as Matt Ballou chased Massucci down. Massucci looked to have a goal again with 15 minutes to go in the first half when he beat his defender down the right side, but his shot was saved by McDonald.

Becker's Aldo Karkanjozi had two quality opportunities in the first half. Each time Karkanjozi beat his defender down the right side and tried to beat Mountaineer keeper Connor Anniello far post. However, in each opportunity Anniello made two of his six saves.

With three minutes remaining in first half, CJ Salva entered the game. Less than a minute later Salva found the back of the net for his second goal of the season. Freshman, Erik Argueta beat his defender to the end line and laid the ball across the middle of the box that got bounced around, and found Salva's foot.

In the second half Becker pressured the Mountaineer defense throughout. Thirteen minutes into the second frame, a Becker player was fouled in the box and Tim Howard stepped up to take the PK. Howard finished it home to cut the lead. With 16 minutes remaining, Karkanjozi once again attacked down the right side and ripped a shot from the 18. After an initial deflection from Anniello, Becker's Brian Piquette was on the other end to tie the score.

The Mountaineers, as they have all season long responded quickly. With a sub waiting to enter the game for him, Sean Moore headed home the game winning goal. After an initial buildup from the Mountaineer defense, Eric Parmelee sent a cross in from just beyond the center line. Moore came across the top of the 18 and headed the ball over McDonald's outstretched arms for a 3-2 SVC lead. Erik Argueta found the back of the net less than a minute later with his fifth goal of the season.

Southern Vermont improved its NECC best record to 5-0 and 10-4 overall. It is only the second time the Men's Soccer program has amassed 10 wins since the school has became NCAA. The other time was two years ago in 2009. Becker drops to 3-11-2 and 2-4 in the NECC.