BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College men's soccer team dropped its season finale to Eastern Nazarene College Friday afternoon as the visiting Lions won 4-1 in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action at Everett Field.
ENC was up 3-0 by the 35th minute and carried that lead through the front end of the second period. SVC then got on the board with 27:55 left to go, but the Lions got it back later in the match to secure the win in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
Southern Vermont concludes the 2018 campaign with an overall record of 2-15-3 and a 0-5-3 mark in league action. The Lions (6-9-3, 4-2-2 NECC) now await the Conference's postseason seeding announcement to see who they will play in the first round of next week's tournament.
Eastern Nazarene got on the board just 5:49 into the contest with a goal from junior Sebastian Arboleda (Barranquilla, Columbia). He got to the ball and brought it into the right side of the box before firing a shot back across the frame—one that went off the SVC keeper's finger tips and trickled into the net for the Lion's third score of the year.
About 15 minutes later, ENC got what proved to be the game winner. The Mountaineer goalie and Eastern Nazarene junior Edmilson Centeio (New Bedford, Mass.) both went up to battle for a cross from the right, and the Lion then knocked it home from six yards out after the ball deflected off the netminder's hands. That was Centeio's third strike of the season and would later turn into his first game winner of 2018.
The Lions went up 3-0 in the 34th minute when freshman Matthew Cawthorne (Norwell, Mass.) put a strong head on a corner kick from the right to fire in his second of the year.
17 minutes after play resumed, Southern Vermont ended the shutout bid with the fourth score of the season from sophomore Nick Langat (Silver Spring, Md.). He took a pass at the top of the box and used a touch to work away from an ENC defender; upon opening up a shooting lane, Langat laced a take to the upper-left corner of the frame.
That would be it for the Mountaineers, however, while Centeio added a second goal on the day at the other end.
Eastern Nazarene freshman keeper Florian Resch (St. Stefan, Austria) took the win (5-6-2) despite not making a save through his 45 minutes in net. He was replaced at halftime by junior Victor Mendoza (Cathedral City, Calif.) who posted one stop in the second stanza. SVC freshman Tyler Mackie (Danville, N.H.) tallied five saves in the loss (0-4-2).
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