When and Where: November 10, 2016 – Garden City, N.Y. (Motamed Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 3, Le Moyne College 1
Records: SNHU 12-4-2, Le Moyne 14-5-2
Graduate student Robert Brown (Brussels, Belgium) scored twice to lead the sixth-seeded Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer team to a 3-1 victory against third-seeded Le Moyne College in an NCAA first round match Thursday at Adelphi University's Motamed Field.
Southern New Hampshire wins its opening game of the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in the last eight years and will advance to take on second-seeded and host Adelphi on Saturday at 4 p.m.
After 36-plus minutes that were controlled by Southern New Hampshire, the Penmen were finally rewarded as Le Moyne was issued a red card in the box that granted the Penmen a penalty kick. Grad student Rayane Boukemia (Strasbourg, France) stepped up and buried the chance to make it 1-0 with 8:24 left in the first half.
SNHU doubled its lead just 2:34 later when senior Gilbert Manier (Kigali, Rwanda) sent a pass from the left into the middle of the box for Brown, who volleyed a rocket into the back of the net to stretch the lead to 2-0.
Boukemia nearly made it 3-0 eight-plus minutes into the second half as grad student Ryan Simpson (Manchester, N.H.) slipped him a pass in the middle, but Boukemia popped the shot just over the crossbar.
Southern New Hampshire had another opportunity to extend the lead in the 73rd minute when freshman Romain Daniellou (Brieuc, France) hit an absolute laser from 15 yards out in the middle of the box, but Le Moyne goalkeeper Ben Beaury made an outstanding save.
The Penmen finally did make it 3-0 early in the 77th minute when Brown collected a low corner service from Boukemia and launched a rising missile from 25 yards out that tucked itself into the upper-left corner.
Le Moyne eventually broke through at the 82-minute mark when Salar Faryar lofted a shot over grad goalkeeper Nick Zucco (Ludlow, Mass.) to trim the deficit to 3-1. Zucco was then forced to make a pair of great saves in the 87th minute to maintain the two-goal Penmen lead.
-Southern New Hampshire improves to 21-15-6 (.571) in its 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance.
-SNHU is making its ninth straight appearance in the NCAA postseason – the longest active streak in Division II.
-The Penmen avenged a pair of losses to Le Moyne with the win. The Dolphins handed Southern New Hampshire a 1-0 loss back on Oct. 1 of this season and, in the only prior NCAA Tournament meeting between the two teams, also upended SNHU on PKs after playing to a 1-1 draw in the East Regional final on Nov. 22, 2009.
-SNHU is now 70-7-6 (.880) over its last 83 matches dating back to the beginning of the 2013 National Championship season.
-Zucco and Beaury each made three saves
-Southern New Hampshire held massive advantages in both shots (15-6) and corner kicks (7-1).
The Penmen return to action Saturday, Nov. 12 (4 p.m.) when they take on second-seeded and host Adelphi in an NCAA Second Round tilt.
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