When and Where: October 27, 2017 – Colchester, Vt. (Duffy Field)
Score: Saint Michael's College 2, Southern New Hampshire University 1 (2OT)
Records: Saint Michael's 5-10-1 (3-10-0 NE10), SNHU 11-3-2 (8-3-2 NE10)
Junior Alex Satrustegui (Pamplona, Spain) scored less than a minute into the second half to stake the Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer team to a 1-0 lead, but Saint Michael's College would score twice, including in double overtime, to earn a 2-1 win at Duffy Field in the regular-season finale.
Just 2:16 from earning a point in the Northeast-10 standings with a tie, Southern New Hampshire received nothing when Matt Vlasich collected a pass from Adrian Diaz on the right side and curled a shot into the near side of the net to lift the Purple Knights to the improbable victory.
Junior goalkeeper Daniel Milton (Ajax, Ontario) made five saves, while Daniel du Feu stopped nine shots for Saint Michael's.
Following a scoreless first half, Satrustegui broke the ice just 54 seconds after halftime when he received a cross from the left side from freshman Daniel Jones (W. Hartford, Conn.) and hit it into the right side of the net.
Saint Michael's gained the equalizer late in the 58th minute when Jake Bannon delivered a cross from the left end line toward the far post, where Diaz buried it to make it 1-1.
- Southern New Hampshire snaps its six-match unbeaten streak with the loss.
- SNHU had been undefeated in the previous 12 matches against Saint Michael's, last suffering a loss to the Purple Knights on Oct. 12, 2005 in 1-0 setback in Colchester.
- The defeat, combined with Southern Connecticut State University's victory over Saint Anselm College, drops Southern New Hampshire from the No. 3 seed to the No. 4 seed in the Northeast-10 Championship, which begins Tuesday. Despite finding itself on the outside looking in for the NE10 Championship, SNHU's crosstown rival, Saint Anselm, found a way to factor in, as Vlasich, a former Hawk, scored the game winner for Saint Michael's, while Southern Connecticut's game-winning goal in its victory that earned it the No. 3 seed was an own-goal, deflected in by a Saint Anselm defender.
- Satrustegui's marker was his 15th of the year in his first season with the Penmen.
- Southern New Hampshire held a 23-17 advantage in shots, including 11-6 in the second stanza, as well as a 9-8 edge in corner kicks.
- SNHU falls to 81-11-8 (.850) over its last 100 matches dating back to the beginning of the 2013 National Championship season.
The fourth-seeded Penmen return to action Tuesday, Oct. 31 (7 p.m.) when they play host to fifth-seeded Le Moyne College in a Northeast-10 Championship quarterfinal match at Larkin Field. The teams played to a 2-2 draw in Manchester back on Sept. 16.
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