Second-Half Barrage Leads Men’s Soccer to 4-1 Victory at So. Connecticut


When and Where: October 28, 2016 – New Haven, Conn. (Jess Dow Field)
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.

Up Next:
The Penmen return to action Tuesday, Nov. 1 for the quarterfinal round of the Northeast-10 Championship against Franklin Pierce University.

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