Men's Soccer drops first conference match
New England College men’s soccer lost their first conference game of the season falling to the Nichols College Bison 0-1 in double overtime Saturday afternoon in Dudley, Mass. The loss snaps NEC’s 10 game unbeaten streak as they move to 8-3-2 overall and 6-1-1 in Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) action. The win improves the Bison to 5-7-1 overall and 2-5-1 TCCC.
The two teams would battle evenly throughout the first half of play as each team would register three shots. The Pilgrims would have a scoring opportunity early in the half as forward Dean Smith would get a shot on goal in the opening 30 seconds of play but Bison keeper Brendan Hamilton would make his only save of the half keeping NEC off the board.
The Bison would control much of the offense in the second half out shooting the Pilgrims 7-2, including five shots on goal. This time it would be NEC keeper Jon Mayo who would come up huge making five second half saves to keep the Bison off the board and send the game into overtime.
Neither team would get a shot on goal in the first overtime but NEC would get off two shots both of which were wide of the net forcing a second overtime. It would be Nichols who would prevail in the second overtime as David Johnson would put in a pass from Brian Sanz just 4:35 in giving the Bison the 1-0 sudden-death victory.
Leading the way for NEC was Kagen Sinclair and Dean Smith who each registered a shot on goal. Keeper Jon Mayo finished the afternoon with seven total saves in 105 minutes of work.