When and Where: October 28, 2016 – New Haven, Conn. (Jess Dow Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 4, Southern Connecticut State University 1
Records: SNHU 11-3-2 (8-3-2 NE-10), SCSU 7-7-2 (5-6-2 NE-10)
The Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer team exploded for four second-half goals as it defeated Southern Connecticut State University, 4-1, Friday evening in both teams' regular-season finale at Jess Dow Field.
Following a scoreless first half, Southern New Hampshire drew first blood in the 67th minute when graduate student Tobias Esche (Bremen, Germany) found the back of the net off a corner kick to make it 1-0.
Southern Connecticut responded just under six minutes later, however, with Sabri Akter cleaning up a loose rebound and putting it past grad goalkeeper Nick Zucco (Ludlow, Mass.) to even the match at 1-1.
The Penmen scored the eventual game winner just 2:55 later as grad student Ryan Simpson (Manchester, N.H.) fed the ball on a breakaway to senior Enzo Giuliani (Toulouse, France), who beat Southern Connecticut goalkeeper Noah Varonier to put SNHU in front, 2-1.
Southern New Hampshire would add some insurance late in the 81st minute with senior Gilbert Manier (Kigali, Rwanda) connecting on a pass to freshman Romain Daniellou (Brieuc, France), who finished inside the right post to give the visitors a 3-1 advantage.
Daniellou then helped the Penmen add even more cushion as he set up grad student Rayane Boukemia (Strasbourg, France) to widen the gap to 4-1 in the 85th minute.
-Southern New Hampshire is now unbeaten in seven of its last eight (5-1-2).
-The Penmen will wait for the final result of Friday's match between Franklin Pierce University and Assumption College to find out their seeding for the Northeast-10 Championship, which begins Tuesday. Southern New Hampshire will be playing Franklin Pierce no matter what the outcome, with the Penmen earning the No. 4 seed and a home game at Larkin Field with a Ravens loss to Assumption and the No. 5 seed and a road game in Rindge if Franklin Pierce can prevail against the Greyhounds. At the time of posting, Franklin Pierce leads Assumption, 3-1, at halftime.
-SNHU is now 69-6-6 (.889) over its last 81 matches dating back to the beginning of the 2013 National Championship season.
-Zucco made two saves for the Penmen, while Varonier stopped six shots for the Owls.
-Southern New Hampshire outshot Southern Connecticut, 14-7, including 9-4 in the second stanza, while the Owls held a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.
The Penmen return to action Tuesday, Nov. 1 for the quarterfinal round of the Northeast-10 Championship against Franklin Pierce University.
For the latest on Southern New Hampshire University athletics, follow the Penmen via social media on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Instagram. Sign up to receive text message alerts and e-mail newsletters about your favorite Penmen teams here.