When and Where: October 5, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 3, Queens (N.Y.) College 0
Records: SNHU 7-2-0, Queens (N.Y.) 4-4-3
Freshman Romain Daniellou (Brieuc, France) dished a pair of assists in the 19th minute to help lead the Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer team to Wednesday evening's 3-0 non-conference victory against Queens (N.Y.) College at Larkin Field.
Southern New Hampshire jumped on the board 18:15 into the match when Daniellou delivered a free kick from the left into the near side of the box where classmate Louka Masset (Paris, France), with his back to the goal, used the back of his heel to send the ball into the right side of the net.
Daniellou helped double the Penmen lead just 30 seconds later when he dropped another free kick into the middle of the box for senior Enzo Giuliani (Toulouse, France), who looped a high-arching header into the left corner of the net.
Daniellou then almost potted a goal of his own early in the 33rd minute, but his blast from the right side of the box sailed just high over the crossbar after receiving a great through-ball from graduate student Yannis Becker (Sittensen, Germany).
SNHU extended its lead to 3-0 with just 5:36 remaining in the opening half when senior Gilbert Manier (Kigali, Rwanda) carried the ball deep into the box on the left and sent a quick pass to his right for grad student Ryan Simpson (Manchester, N.H.), who popped a left-footed shot into the right side of the net.
The score stayed that way into the second half when the Penmen had a chance to make it 4-0 in the 67th minute. Masset took a free kick from the top of the box and kicked it into the Queens wall of defenders before collecting the ball and firing a shot on net that was saved by Knights' goalkeeper James Brostowski. The rebound squirted free to the right for redshirt-junior Ryan Reynolds (Springfield, Mass.), whose boot went just wide.
The final good opportunity for the Penmen came in the 87th minute when Simpson made a bid for his second of the game, but his header off a service from senior Tet Soe (Oakland, Calif.) was punched just over the crossbar by a leaping Brostowski.
-The Penmen snap their first two-game losing skid since the 2011 season.
-Masset's goal broke a scoreless stretch of 204:33 for Southern New Hampshire.
-SNHU is now 65-5-4 (.905) over its last 74 matches dating back to the beginning of the 2013 National Championship season, while it is unbeaten in 57 of its last 61 (55-4-2; .918) at home.
-Sophomore goalkeeper Danny Milton (Ajax, Ontario) earned his first win of the season in his first start as he made one save over the opening 78:04. Redshirt-sophomore Robert Smith (Peabody, Mass.) did not see a shot over the final 11:56.
-Southern New Hampshire outshot Queens, 18-3, including 13-2 in the opening stanza, and held a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.
The Penmen return to action Saturday, Oct. 8 (7 p.m.) when they play host to the University of New Haven on Breast Cancer Awareness Night at Larkin.
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