When and Where: October 25, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 1, Assumption College 1 (2OT)
Records: SNHU 10-3-2 (7-3-2 NE-10), Assumption 7-8-1 (6-5-1 NE-10)
Senior Enzo Giuliani (Toulouse, France) netted the equalizer late in the 40th minute, but neither team could find the back of the net the rest of the way as the Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer team played to a 1-1 draw against Assumption College on Tuesday evening at Larkin Field in a match that aired live on NESNplus and NESN National.
Assumption broke the ice first with 6:14 remaining in the opening half when Matt Gilson sent a cross from the left, through the box, and out to the right off the far post, where Chase Gurcan just narrowly kicked it past graduate goalkeeper Nick Zucco (Ludlow, Mass.) and into the net to make it 1-0.
Southern New Hampshire answered just 1:11 later when freshman Jonathan Lach (Norton, Mass.) – just into the match following a Penmen injury – delivered a great pass from the right of the box to Giuliani, whose shot from the left side of the box found the back of the net.
The score stayed 1-1 into the second half when the Penmen had a great chance to take the lead in the 62nd minute. Freshman Romain Daniellou (Brieuc, France) sent a pass from the left into the middle of the box for grad student Rayane Boukemia (Strasbourg, France), who drilled a shot that was denied by Assumption goalkeeper Brian Murray to keep it tied.
The Greyhounds then had an opportunity just over two minutes later when Simon Trcka found himself all alone on the left side of the box and hit a shot back toward the middle of the net that Zucco made a great diving stop to his left on with Ethan Morrow bearing down on him for the rebound chance.
Southern New Hampshire looked like it would get the go-ahead goal late in regulation as it made three straight passes in the box before finding an open Boukemia at the top of the 18, but his rocket shot sailed high with 4:20 remaining.
The Penmen had the first dangerous chance of the extra session just over six minutes in as a tic-tac-toe passing combination that went Giuliani to graduate student Yannis Becker (Sittensen, Germany) to Daniellou, ended with a shot that soared over the crossbar.
Redshirt-junior Matt Crowley (Prague, Czech Republic) nearly ended it for SNHU with just over two minutes left in the first OT when he ran onto a ball 25 yards out on the right side and teed up an absolute missile that knuckled its way to the right post before Murray dove to his left and punched it away.
Southern New Hampshire took it right at the Greyhounds to begin the second overtime as a wild sequence in the first 20 seconds nearly ended it. Daniellou brought the ball up on the right side of the box, but his shot was stopped by Murray, who dove to his left and was able to get a hand on it. The cleared rebound came back to Daniellou, who delivered a short cross to Boukemia in the middle of the box, who sent a falling volley attempt just wide to the left.
With three minutes left in the second overtime, Daniellou sent a short pass from in close on the left side of the box to Becker, who popped the shot from the doorstep over the crossbar.
-Southern New Hampshire, which is unbeaten in six of its last seven, is now 18-1-4 all-time against Assumption.
-SNHU is now 68-6-6 (.888) over its last 80 matches dating back to the beginning of the 2013 National Championship season, while it is unbeaten in 60 of its last 65 (57-5-3; .900) at home.
-Zucco stopped four shots, while Murray made nine saves for the Greyhounds.
-Southern New Hampshire outshot Assumption, 20-7, including 15-3 after halftime, and held a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.
-Giuliani, Zucco, Boukemia, Becker, Robert Brown (Brussels, Belgium), Tobias Esche (Bremen Germany), Gilbert Manier (Kigali, Rwanda), Nate Fournier (Belchertown, Mass.), Curtis Pereira (Ludlow, Mass.) and Tet Soe (Oakland, Calif.) were all honored in a ceremony prior to the final regular-season home game of their careers.
The Penmen return to action Friday, Oct. 28 (6 p.m.) when they take on Southern Connecticut State University in their regular-season finale.
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