No. 9 Franklin Pierce Prevails in Overtime 2-1

No. 9 Franklin Pierce Prevails in Overtime 2-1

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Greg Giguere scored nearly six minutes into overtime to lift ninth-ranked Franklin Pierce University to a 2-1 victory over fourth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University in Northeast-10 men's soccer Saturday night at Larkin Field.  The Ravens remain unbeaten on the season at 5-0 and 2-0 in the NE-10, while the Penmen are now 3-2 and 1-2 in the league.

The game-winning goal came after the Ravens were awarded a free kick at the top of the box following a Penmen foul.  Victor Goncalves fired a ball into the SNHU wall of defenders that deflected back to him.  He fired a shot towards the goal, but Giguere got a foot on it and redirected it past Southern New Hampshire keeper Joey Kapinos (Ludlow, Mass.).

Southern New Hampshire tied the game with just over two minutes remaining in regulation on Chris Tsonis' (Dartmouth, Mass.) fifth goal of the season.  Ruben Resendes (Fall River, Mass.) played a long pass into Tsonis, who was standing at the top of the 18.  He spun around a Raven defender and fired a low liner that found the inside of the far right post.

Franklin Pierce took a 1-0 lead in the game's 19th minute.  Paul Latif played a corner kick from the right corner out to Tom Reilly, who was standing at the top corner of the box.  Reilly sent a dribbler into the box that snaked through several bodies before finding the inside of the right post.

Vinny Papageorgiou made seven saves in goal for Franklin Pierce while Kapinos turned aside a pair of shots.  Southern New Hampshire outshot the Ravens 22-9, including a 15-4 advantage in the second half and overtime.  The Penmen also generated a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Southern New Hampshire returns to action Wednesday afternoon when it travels to Stonehill College for a 4:00 contest.