Men's Soccer Blanks Green Mountain 6-0 at Home

Men's Soccer Blanks Green Mountain 6-0 at Home

BENNINGTON, Vt. – Four Southern Vermont College men's soccer players got in on the scoring in a commanding 6-0 win over visiting Green Mountain College Saturday afternoon in non-league action at Everett Field.

Mountaineer junior Erik Argueta and sophomore Ruben Olivares (Pico Rivera, Calif.) each had two goals while senior Derek Snow (Centerville, Mass.) had a score and an assist.

The opening five minutes of play saw both teams feeling each other out with neither able to get a great opportunity at the goal. Through balls were tried, however neither squad was able to get on the end and have a look. The Eagles started to win the 50/50 balls in the air, turning that into chances at the net around the 10 minute mark. SVC's defense would hold strong and push play to the outside, keeping the visitors off the board.

Southern Vermont's quick transitions turned into momentary opportunities, while GMC saw more lengthy ball possessions; neither style would amount to much through the first 17 minutes until Snow notched what would amount to be the deciding tally. Collecting a pass from Argueta near the middle of the field, he went shoulder-to-should with a Green Mountain defender into the box before hitting a great shot that found the opposite side of the goal for the 1-0 advantage and his fifth of the season. Argueta would then make it 2-0 with fewer than four minutes to play in the first half when he took the ball 25 yards out and played it to the side to set up a left-foot blast that snuck inside the left post for his fifth of the year.

Argueta wasted little time following the intermission in getting his second of the day as he took a pass from Snow and slipped it across the goal face into the right side from the top of the box. Senior captain Pierre Massena (West Milford, N.J.) got on to the score sheet in the 60th minute following a GMC caution when he ripped the free kick to the right side and just got it in near the post. Olivares then capped the day with a pair, first getting in behind the Eagle defense on the end of a pass by freshman Marc Massena (Hewitt, N.J.) in the 61st minute and then putting home his fourth of the campaign on an unassisted score with 4:21 to play.

Mountaineer sophomore keeper Chris Dunham (Valley Falls, N.Y.) made two saves for his first shutout of the season (2-5) while Eagle freshman goalie Trenton Morrison (Turnbridge, Vt.) turned away seven SVC shots in his first collegiate start in goal (0-1).

Southern Vermont (3-9-1, 1-2-1 NECC) will try to carry its momentum into New England Collegiate Conference play with a 4 p.m. match at Elms College on Tuesday, and the Eagles (2-11, 1-4 NAC) turn to North Atlantic Conference action on Wednesday with a 3 p.m. tilt at home versus New England College.