BROOKLINE, Mass. – The Southern Vermont College men's soccer team wrapped up its 2013 season with a 4-3 double-overtime loss at Newbury College on Saturday afternoon in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action.
Nighthawk junior Milton Ricaurte(Barranquilla, Colombia) scored the game-winner two minutes into the second overtime period for his second goal of the contest and the year.
It was a tight fought battle throughout the match. First-year goalkeeper Cody Nash-Gibney (South Burlington, Vt.) was outstanding in net, fending off Mountaineer attackers in the opening minutes of play before Southern Vermont senior forward Derek Snow (Centerville, Mass.) broke up the scoreless contest with an unassisted goal in the 22nd minute. However, the lead did not last for long when NC junior midfielder Rodriquez Pierre (Somerville, Mass.) broke up through the middle and connected with fellow sophomore, forward Emmett Dixon (Providence, R.I.) to knot up the score at 1-1.
When the teams returned to the pitch for the second period, the game remained a physical, back-and-forth tilt. First-year forward Alex Carvajal (Medellin, Colombia) put the Nighthawks out in front in the 64th minute, finding fellow classmate and forward Ethan Forrest (East Bridgewater, Mass.) for Newbury's second goal. The lead did not last for long as Mountaineer freshman forward Marc Massena (Hewitt, N.J.) knotted up the contest at2-2 a minute later.
The game remained tied 2-2 for the next nine minutes before Ricaurte scored his first goal of the game in the 74th minute to re-gain the lead for Newbury, giving the Nighthawks a 3-2 advantage. But the Mountaineers chipped and clawed their way back as Massena tied up the contest once again with his second goal with just under 10 minute remaining in regulation.
After both teams battled for a fierce 10 minutes in the first overtime, Ricaurte sealed the deal two minutes into the second overtime period, booting a laser from the far side into the near, lower right-hand corner of the net for the game-winner.
The Mountaineers finish the season with a 3-13-1 overall record, 1-5-1 in the conference, while Newbury (7-9 overall, 5-2 NECC) looks to next week's NECC postseason with the Nighthawks' set to play the winner of Daniel Webster College and Mitchell College on Friday.