RAPID REACTION WITH HEAD COACH JOSH TAYLOR
When and Where: October 18, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 2, Bentley University 1
Records: SNHU 10-2-1 (7-2-1 NE10), Bentley 2-9-2 (2-6-2 NE10)
junior Alex Satrustegui (Pamplona, Spain) scored two goals in the opening 28 minutes of the match and the Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer team held off Bentley University, 2-1, Wednesday night at Larkin Field in a game televised nationally on FOX College Sports.
Satrustegui gave Southern New Hampshire a 1-0 lead just 11:09 into the contest when sophomore Chaney Nash-Gibney (So. Burlington, Vt.) collected a pass near the top-right corner of the box, turned, and delivered the ball to Satrustegui, who ripped a low shot across the 6-yard box, past the dive of Bentley goalkeeper Harrison Rapant, off the far post and in.
Bentley had a bid to tie it nearly two minutes later when Sean Sullivan rocketed a shot from the top of the box, but junior goalkeeper Daniel Milton (Ajax, Ontario) sprawled and knocked the ball away to make the save.
The Penmen would later double their lead in the 28th minute when freshman Tom Marriott (Nottingham, England) sent a cross from the right that Satrustegui flicked inside the left post with his head from the middle of the box.
Bentley would make it onto the board 4:02 before halftime when Connor Mote sent a corner service from the left into the box, where Luc Batawi redirected it into the near side of the net.
The Falcons nearly gained the equalizer early in the 60th minute when Mote's blast off a free kick from just outside of the box glanced off the crossbar and out of play.
Southern New Hampshire knocked on the door for an insurance goal midway through the 77th minute when a free kick by sophomore Louka Masset (Paris, France) from about 25 yards out sailed just high.
Bentley gave SNHU a scare early in the 85th minute when Julian Stewart turned and volleyed the ball from 10 yards out, striking it hard, but directly into the waiting arms of Milton, who preserved the one-goal advantage.
- Southern New Hampshire has now won four straight.
- The victory officially clinches a berth into the Northeast-10 Championship for SNHU.
- Satrustegui's goals were his 12th and 13th of the year in his first season with the Penmen.
- Southern New Hampshire held a 13-9 advantage in shots, as well as an 8-5 edge in corner kicks.
- SNHU is now 80-10-7 (.861) over its last 97 matches dating back to the beginning of the 2013 National Championship season, while it is unbeaten in 66 of its last 72 (62-6-4; .889) at home.
The Penmen return to action Saturday, Oct. 21 (4 p.m.) when they take on the College of Saint Rose. The next and final regular-season home match for SNHU is Tuesday, Oct. 24 (7 p.m.) when it plays host to Merrimack College on Senior Night at Larkin Field.