Men’s Soccer Bests Newbury 3-1 in NECC Road Action

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BROOKLINE, Mass. – Southern Vermont College has tallied its most New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's soccer wins since 2011 as the Mountaineers defeated Newbury College 3-1 Saturday afternoon at the Hellenic College Athletic Field.

SVC scored late in the opening stanza to bring a slim 1-0 lead into halftime, and the Mountaineers then added a piece of insurance in the 73rd minute. The visitors extended the separation just over five minutes later, and they were 10 seconds away from the shutout before the Nighthawks found the back of the net to get on the board.

The Mountaineers are now 3-3 against the league (5-12 overall)—having recorded their most NECC victories in a season since the '11 team went 6-0-1.

Next up for Southern Vermont is a Wednesday home game in which SVC will host Green Mountain College for a 3 p.m. non-conference, inner-state matchup.

Freshman Nick Langat (Silver Spring, Md.) scored the first two Mountaineer goals before classmate Jesse Kelley (Middleburg, Fla.) added the third with his first collegiate tally. Freshman keeper Dylan Berg (Tampa, Fla.) came up with nine saves while picking up the win (5-12) between the pipes.

SVC grabbed the victory despite being outshot by a 28-11 clip; only four of the Mountaineers' takes were on net with three of those beating the Nighthawk goalie. The physical match saw Southern Vermont get called for 23 fouls to NC's 14 while the hosts were issued seven yellow cards—two of those resulting in an ejection for a Nighthawk.

Berg was tested early-on as his first save came just 1:54 into the match before he notched another pair by the end of the 16th minute; the Mountaineer defense settled in and forced the Nighthawks to have their takes go off frame as NC didn't register another shot on net through the rest of the first half. Still, the hosts persisted and took 15 total shots before the 32:00 mark—to no avail as they were kept scoreless.

With the stanza coming to an end, SVC chalked up its first shot on goal in the 44th minute; that take would wind up over the goal line as Langat got to a loose ball and saw his shot glance off the crossbar and come down in the net for his third score of the year.

The tight margin stood through the first 27:54 of the second period before Langat put away his fourth of the season. He was set up by classmate Jimmy Thach (Phoenix, Ariz.) and notched his second goal of the contest for—what ended up being—his first collegiate game winner.

It was soon-after that SVC padded its cushion in the 79th minute. Freshman Alex Paustian (Arlington, Vt.) played a ball which resulted in Kelley finishing on his first career goal for the Mountaineers to gain some extra breathing room.

The 3-0 SVC lead lasted until late in the game when NC made a push in the final minute of action. Newbury got two shots off in the last 43 seconds—the latter of which went into the cage for the Nighthawks to avoid getting shut out.