Men’s Soccer Plays to 0-0 Draw With Elms

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BENNINGTON, Vt. – For the second time in eight days, the Southern Vermont College men's soccer team played to a 0-0 draw in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action with the latter of those coming Saturday against Elms College at Everett Field.

In a game that saw a total of 10 cards get issued and 32 fouls get whistled for, neither team could get one past the other's keeper despite having some good chances on each end of the sloppy pitch.

SVC (2-11-2, 0-3-2 NECC) is on the road for its next game with the Mountaineers visiting Becker College on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. NECC kickoff. Elms (4-9-1, 3-1-1 NECC) is at home the same day—hosting Mitchell College at 4 p.m.

A great deal of rain throughout the morning made for extremely messy field conditions at Everett, but both sides were still able to get a few chances through the opening 45 minutes. While EC controlled the ball in the Southern Vermont end of the field for more of the half, and had a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks, the Mountaineers' looks were solid and resulted in hard takes on goal. Neither team was able to get into the back of the net, however, for the match to go into the break scoreless.

Elms let it fly in the second period as the Blazers started to shoot at will in an attempt to find the scoreboard. Only four of their nine shots would land on frame, though, and they were all denied by Southern Vermont freshman keeper Tyler Mackie (Danville, N.H.)—who had entered the game in the sixth minute of action after a hard foul injured the Mountaineer starter. One of his best saves came in the 50th minute when a take from the top of the box forced the rookie to make a great, leaping punch to prevent the ball from cutting under the crossbar.

At the other end, the hosts were only able to put one shot on net in the second half as they saw their third game of the year go to extra minutes.

Southern Vermont gained a man advantage with 11:20 to go in regulation when an Elms player received a second caution, and another red to the Blazers in the 85th minute saw SVC take a two-man advantage for what ended up being the final 25:21 of play. Still, EC was able to prevent the Mountaineers from getting anything too dangerous through the extra sessions.

In the last minute of action, Elms nearly took the win on a corner kick from the right side. Blazer freshman Lancedale Peterkin (Bloomfield, Conn.) leapt up and sent a strong header towards the near side of the net, but SVC senior captain Nikolas Joseph (Coventry, Conn.) was holding his post and turned the ball away to preserve the shutout.

Mackie finished with six saves through his 104:09 of action to post a record of 0-1-1 on the year. EC sophomore Julian Brosi (West Newbury, Mass.) made four stops in the tie (0-4-1).