CHICOPEE, Mass. – In a rematch of the 2012 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's soccer first round matchup, the visiting Southern Vermont College team dropped to Elms College 4-0 Tuesday afternoon at Leary Field.
A first half goal by the Blazer O'Grady brother tandem would prove to be all EC would need while senior Ziggy Jonathan (Springfield, Mass.) added a pair in the second.
Southern Vermont was able to keep Elms off the board for the opening 37 minutes until the Blazers broke through with a pass from senior Adam O'Grady (Somers, Conn.) to his younger brother Conor (Somers, Conn.) who put it away for his fourth of the season and second consecutive game with a tally.
The 1-0 lead held for the Blazers until shortly after halftime when Jonathan put in his first of the day at the 47:08 mark; he added his seventh score of the year in the 62nd minute to give the hosts a comfortable 3-0 advantage. Both of Jonathan's goals were assisted by junior Joseph Coleman (East Hampton, Mass.). EC sophomore Richard Vanasse (Somers, Conn.) would conclude the day's scoring with just under 12 minutes to play with his second of the season.
Elms controlled the pace of play, outshooting the Mountaineers 30-10 and holding a 13-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Blazer sophomore keeper Nick Pennant (Kingston, Jamaica) turned away two SVC shots in the win while Southern Vermont sophomore Chris Dunham (Valley Falls, N.Y.) made 10 saves in the losing effort.
The Mountaineers (3-10-1, 1-3-1 NECC) look to bounce back Saturday when they host Regis College for a 3 p.m. conference contest that will also serve as SVC's senior recognition day. Elms (7-7, 3-1 NECC) takes to the road Saturday with a 6 p.m. league tilt at Lesley University, being played at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, Mass.