RAPID REACTION WITH HEAD COACH JOSH TAYLOR
When and Where: October 7, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 3, American International College 0
Records: SNHU 7-2-1 (4-2-1 NE10), AIC 3-6-1 (2-4-1 NE10)
Three different Penmen scored goals, sophomore Romain Daniellou (Brest, France) dished a pair of assists and junior goalkeeper Daniel Milton (Ajax, Ontario) turned away all five shots he faced, as the Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer team notched a 3-0 victory against American International College on Saturday night at Larkin Field.
The first Southern New Hampshire chance came late in the 14th minute when a nice individual effort from Daniellou allowed him to get a quick left-footed shot off, but American International goalkeeper Ioannis Iatroudis was able to rise up and snatch the ball out of the air.
The Penmen would break the ice first with a goal midway through the 22nd minute off a corner service from the left. Graduate student Yera Sissoko (Troyes, France) used a bicycle kick on the bouncing ball close to the near post to pop the ball over his head and into the middle of the 6-yard box for senior Michael Rowley (Cooperstown, N.Y.), who booted the ball into the left side of the net to make it 1-0.
Southern New Hampshire would wait until midway through the 63rd minute to double its lead as Daniellou sent a terrific long ball from across the field, from left to right, and into the far side of the box for junior Alex Satrustegui (Pamplona, Spain), who slotted the ball between Iatroudis and the near post to stretch the lead to 2-0.
SNHU nearly made it a three-goal game in the 72nd minute when Iatroudis made a save on a quick, hard shot from the right side of the box by junior Claude Diesse (Broussard, Quebec) and then followed that up with another stop on Satrustegui, who looked like he was about to bury the rebound opportunity.
Iatroudis came up big again nearly three minutes later when sophomore Jonathan Lach (Norton, Mass.) hit an absolute rocket on the left side of the box to the near post, but Iatroudis fully extended and dove to his right to knock the ball away.
Lach would find the back of the net midway through the 81st minute when he hit a hard, high shot from the right side of the box that sailed into the far top corner of the net, extending the Penmen lead to 3-0.
Iatroudis totaled eight saves.
- The Penmen snap only their second two-game losing streak in the last six seasons.
- The goal for Rowley was his fifth of the season and the 15th of his career, while Satrustegui's strike was his eighth of the year in his first season with the Penmen. Lach's marker was the first of his career.
- The assist for Sissoko was the first point in a Penmen uniform for the transfer from East Tennessee State University.
- Milton's shutout was the second clean sheet of his season and career.
- Southern New Hampshire held a 15-8 advantage in shots, including 10-2 in the second stanza, while corner kicks were even at seven apiece.
- SNHU is now 77-10-7 (.856) over its last 94 matches dating back to the beginning of the 2013 National Championship season, while it is unbeaten in 64 of its last 70 (60-6-4; .886) at home.
The Penmen return to action Tuesday, Oct. 10 (4 p.m.) when they take on the University of New Haven. The next home match for SNHU is Saturday, Oct. 14 (7 p.m.) when it plays host to Franklin Pierce University at Larkin.
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