BENNINGTON, Vt. – A visiting New England College men's soccer team fought back from two one-goal deficits and took advantage of a second penalty kick en route to a 4-2 victory at Southern Vermont College Saturday afternoon in non-league action on Everett Field.
SVC junior Erik Argueta (Pico Rivera, Calif.) and Pilgrim freshman Rizy Misiri (Concord, N.H.) each netted their first two goals of the season during the match.
New England had its chances early, including a good look at net by junior Manny Arteaga (Norwalk, Conn.) from the left side; as he tried to slot it across the goal, SVC junior keeper Brenden Shea (North Providence, R.I.) laid out and was able to tip the ball away from the frame. The Pilgrims continued to play fast, using passes through the Mountaineer defensive flat-back to create chances.
Southern Vermont would take to the board first, however, after winning a slew of 50/50 balls. Argueta took a pass in the middle third of the field and carried it all the way through an open 40 yards before slipping it home for the 1-0 advantage in the 13th minute. NEC responded just about two minutes later with Misiri's first when he ran onto a crossbar-rebound that glanced off Shea's back and pushed it in for the equalizer. New England had a chance to go ahead with a penalty kick in the 21st minute, but Shea again sprawled out, this time to his right, to get a hand on the ball and push it out for a corner. A great deal of fast-paced action ensued but would dissipate late in the period as neither team was able to break the 1-1 tie before halftime.
After a slow start following the break, Southern Vermont began to knock on the door and threaten to go ahead. Pilgrim freshman goalkeeper replacement Mark Nowak (Newburgh, N.Y.) stopped a point-blank shot by Mountaineer freshman Jesse Bradley (Milton, Mass.), but would then have the ball taken away a few minutes later by SVC senior Derek Snow (Centerville, Mass.). Snow crossed it from the right side to Argueta who finished on the open net and gave Southern Vermont the 2-1 lead in the 51st minute.
The Mountaineer defense remained tight and forced NEC to play outside of the box and continued to win balls in the air. New England would not go away and took advantage of an opportunity up top in the 70th minute when junior Sebastian Anderson (Sundyberg, Sweden) got on the end of a pass by senior Rob Lucas (Hooksett, N.H.) to notch his first of the season and once again tie things up.
Overtime looked more possible by the second until a Mountaineer foul in the box provided the Pilgrims with their second PK of the contest, this time seeing Arteaga rip it in for his second goal of the 2013 campaign with just over 10 minutes to play. As Southern Vermont scrambled to tie it before the final whistle, Misiri was able to get in and notch his second of the day in the last minute.
Nowak is credited with his first collegiate win (1-0) after making eight saves in the second half, and Shea suffers the loss (0-3) after turning away seven NEC shots.
Southern Vermont (0-5) sets its sights on Wednesday's 4 p.m. home match against Bard College, and New England (2-2-1) welcomes Wheaton College Tuesday for a 7 p.m. evening contest.