BENNINGTON, Vt. – Neither team was able to score in the final 86 minutes as Southern Vermont College and Becker College played to a 1-1 double-overtime draw in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's soccer action Tuesday afternoon on Everett Field at the SVC campus.
Mountaineer junior Erik Argueta (Pico Rivera, Calif.) notched an unassisted goal in the seventh minute to put SVC ahead 1-0, and Hawk junior Ryan Barry (N. Attleboro, Mass.) was able to tie it up before both teams battled defensively and came up short on their offensive attacks for the first stalemate of the season on each side.
Southern Vermont controlled the ball for a majority of the opening on a sloppy pitch with soft footing, getting chances before Argueta lined up from 35 yards out on the left side and laced one into the upper left corner of the goal for his fourth tally of the season.
Becker refused to let that turn into major momentum, however, as the Hawks started to posses and create chances for themselves. In the 24th minute, BC freshman William Tripp (Aberdeen, Mass.) slotted a nice pass through the Mountaineer defense where an oncoming Barry collected and put it away for his first of the year.
The visitors saw their best chance of the match's remainder come just 4:14 into the second half when senior Kenneth Quist (Winthrop, Mass.) got in past the SVC defense, flicked the ball over Mountaineer junior keeper Brenden Shea (North Providence, R.I.) and ran on for an open look at net nearing the goal line; Southern Vermont was saved by junior defender Sean Wright (Hope, N.J.) who flew in from the opposite side and made a sliding stop to preserve the tie.
SVC would try to play over the top to create chances as the match wore on but could not get the perfect touch on the passes as they ended up in the hands of Hawk senior goalie Tim MacDonald (Holden, Mass.). The Mountaineer offense started to get restless and had a hard time staying onsides, getting called for the infraction three times in the second half and three more in the two overtimes. Both teams had their chances in the extra stanzas, but neither could capitalize as time wore down and the two squads walked off with the draw.
Shea (1-4-1) totaled four saves in the tie as MacDonald (0-12-1) finished with five of his own.
Southern Vermont (2-9-1, 1-2-1 NECC) turns to non-conference play with a 12:30 p.m. home match against Green Mountain College on Saturday while Becker (0-12-1, 0-2-1 NECC) hosts Regis College on Saturday for a 12 p.m. NECC tilt.