BENNINGTON, Vt. – In a thrilling double overtime men's soccer match, the hosting Southern Vermont College Mountaineers defeated Daniel Webster College 3-2 in New England Collegiate Conference action Saturday afternoon on Everett Field.
SVC sophomore Ruben Olivares (Pico Rivera, Calif.) notched the game-winner with two seconds to play after taking a headed pass from junior Erik Argueta (Pico Rivera, Calif.) and bringing it though open space to goal.
Neither team was able to break through to claim a lead in the opening stanza with each side only getting minimal opportunities. Daniel Webster came out with fast pressure, controlling the ball high and creating chances off corner kicks. Only a minute and a half into the action, Eagle senior Erick Bourdeau (Alton Bay, N.H.) ran on from a corner set piece and took a strong shot that just missed the frame. DWC continued to be quicker in the midfield and control possession, however failed to take advantage.
Southern Vermont started to get its offense going and create opportunities for itself 15 minutes in including a strong carry-in by freshman Marc Massena (Hewitt, N.J.) who ripped one high of the goal. The middle portion of the period saw a lot of back-and-forth action through the mid-third of the field as both teams were hard-pressed to have solid looks at net. The Mountaineers saw a great chance in the 33rd minute when Argueta carried the ball into the box and fired on Eagle sophomore keeper Sean Hamilton (Brookline, N.H.) who was able to make a fully-extended diving save. Time wound down as the match went into the break with a scoreless tie.
The second half saw a slew of action that included four goals, six cautions and one ejection. The Eagles took to the board first when junior Joey Morgan (Windham, N.H.) took a ball in from the left side and beat Mountaineer sophomore keeper Chris Dunham (Valley Falls, N.Y.) with his first goal of the season to break the deadlock in the 56th minute. Daniel Webster held the lead for 25 minutes until Southern Vermont was able to get through with 9:26 to play as senior Pierre Massena (West Milford, N.J.) gathered the ball and put it away for his second of the year, unassisted.
DWC would respond three minutes later to once again take the lead as freshman Erick Germano (Lowell, Mass.) fed classmate Richard Eaton (Hudson, N.H.) on the top of the right side of the box; he laced a shot across the frame that deflected off the left post and across the goal line for the 2-1 advantage with 6:30 to play, his first collegiate tally. Mountaineer senior Derek Snow (Centerville, Mass.) wasted no time in tying things back up, bringing the ball in and burying it into the back of the net for his fourth of the season less than a minute later.
Both teams would continue to get in close but failed to put away the necessary goal to end it as the contest headed for extra time. Neither was able to get a solid opportunity in the first overtime, sending the match to its second extra period. Daniel Webster had a couple of good looks, but Dunham was able to get his hands on the shots to prevent the Eagles from walking away with the win. Then, with under 30 seconds to play, Southern Vermont started to transition through the midfield, and Argueta put a header past the DWC defense for Olivares to run on and slot it home before the final horn.
Dunham finished with 11 saves for his first win of the season (1-3) as Hamilton turned away five Southern Vermont shots while taking the loss (3-4)
Southern Vermont (2-7, 1-1 NECC) turns to a Tuesday non-conference match at Skidmore College slated for 4 p.m. while Daniel Webster (4-5-1, 0-2 NECC) looks ahead to a Wednesday non-league contest at Rivier College with kickoff at 7 p.m.