When and Where: September 13, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 2, Saint Anselm College 1
Records: SNHU 4-0-0 (1-0-0), Saint Anselm 0-2-1 (0-1-0 NE10)
Senior Michael Rowley (Cooperstown, N.Y.) scored in the first three minutes, and junior Alex Satrustegui (Pamplona, Spain) added a goal and an assist, as the 15th-ranked Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer team pulled out a 2-1 victory against crosstown-rival Saint Anselm College on Wednesday night at Larkin Field.
Rowley opened the scoring just 2:28 into the contest as he dove to put his head on a ball, which caromed off the left post following a Satrustegui shot, and buried the chance inside the near post to make it 1-0.
After a handful of unfinished chances by the Penmen, Saint Anselm capitalized on a turnover inside midfield when Emmet O'Callaghan stripped the ball and floated a shot from 30 yards over the head of junior goalkeeper Daniel Milton (Ajax, Ontario), who was playing far out with SNHU holding possession near midfield, and into the back of the net to knot the score, 1-1, in the 33rd minute.
The match stayed that way through halftime until the 52nd minute when Satrustegui sent what looked to be a cross to Rowley at the far post from the right flank, but the ball tucked just inside the left post past Saint Anselm goalkeeper Helio Meirelles Neto to put Southern New Hampshire in front, 2-1.
Freshman Tom Marriott (Nottingham, England) had a chance to give the Penmen some breathing room in the 66th minute with a free kick from just outside the box, but his laser sailed just over the crossbar.
Milton preserved the one-goal advantage early in the 70th minute when he made a save on a quick shot from the right by O'Callaghan.
Satrustegui nearly gave the Penmen the insurance goal they were desperately seeking late in the 84th minute when he streaked in alone with the ball on his foot, but Neto went to the ground to smother the chance. Neto again stoned Satrustegui on a nearly identical play with under 30 seconds remaining in regulation, but Saint Anselm could not get anything forward for a chance to tie the game.
Milton made four saves, while Neto tallied up eight stops.
- The Penmen begin the season 4-0 for the fourth straight year.
- Three of the four Southern New Hampshire matches so far have ended with a 2-1 score.
- Rowley's goal was his second of the year and 12th with the Penmen, while Satrustegui, who has now scored in each of SNHU's four matches this season, potted his fourth goal in his first year with the Penmen.
- Southern New Hampshire held a 24-6 advantage in shots and a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.
- SNHU is now 74-8-6 (.885) over its last 87 matches dating back to the beginning of the 2013 National Championship season.
- The win gave Southern New Hampshire two more points in the Queen City Cup standings, with the Penmen now leading, 4-2, in the battle for Manchester supremacy.
The Penmen return to action Saturday, Sept. 16 (1 p.m.) when they play host to 25th-ranked Le Moyne College on Ryan Menter Day at Larkin.
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