LYNDONVILLE, Vt. - The Eagles put on a dominant display on Saturday afternoon in Vermont as they picked up their second conference win of the season, improving their record to 2-1 in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) and 3-8-0 overall. The the Hornets dropped to 0-3 in the NAC and 0-9 overall as they fell to the Husson men's soccer team, 7-1.
IN THE ACTION:
Husson played well from the first whistle seeing the majority of possession and testing the NVU-Lyndon backline, however, it took until the 26th minute to score the first goal of the game. Joao Passoni picked up the ball on the right-hand side of the box and squeezed a pass through to Oscar Berntsson who smashed the ball into the back of the net to score his first collegiate goal. This was quickly followed up by a second goal as Shuby Bodke converted a low cross from the left-hand side by Cai Pritchard to score his first goal of the season. The score was 2-0 at the interval.
The floodgates opened for the Eagles in the second half as they scored two goals in quick succession. In the 52nd minute, Pritchard played the ball down the left wing to Bodke who delivered a precise ball across the box for Jordi Cabau Limens to side foot the ball off the crossbar and in, recording yet another first collegiate goal for the Eagles on Saturday. Less than a minute later, Pritchard flicked the ball into the path of Avery Pomerleau, who calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner to make the score 4-0.
Ten minutes later, Ben Shumway played a near-perfect ball over the defenders' heads for Pritchard to bring the ball down and poke it through the keeper's legs. This was shortly followed by a sixth goal as Gerard Arias-Huerta whipped the ball in following a clever move from a short corner and Pomerleau flicked the ball into the far bottom corner with his head, scoring his second goal of the game. With six minutes left, Paradis scored Husson's seventh and final goal of the afternoon as he found space in the box after a defense-splitting through ball from Adam Sjoo Nilsson shifting the ball onto his left foot and beating the keeper at his near post. This was Paradis' first goal as a Husson Eagle. The home side scored a consolation goal with minutes to spare as Evan Slayton stole the ball from Husson keeper, Spencer Bernat and passed it over the line into an empty net.
A few words from the Coach: "I am pleased that we got the win, but not happy with our finishing. Don't hear me wrong, I'm not suggesting that I wanted us to score more than seven. However, we took 56 shots and scored seven times, that is something we need to work on. I thought we defended well and used the ball well to create goal scoring opportunities. After a frustrating start to the season we are hoping we can keep consistency on the back stretch here heading into conference games. Gordon will be another test on Tuesday."
Husson will look to build on this win on Tuesday evening when they travel to Massachusetts to play Gordon College in a non-conference fixture. Game is slated for 5:00 p.m.