#4 Men’s Soccer Scores Pair of Second-Half Goals to Get Past Saint Rose


When and Where: September 17, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Southern New Hampshire University 2, College of Saint Rose 0
Records: SNHU 4-0 (2-0 NE-10), Saint Rose 2-3 (0-2 NE-10)

Graduate student Rayane Boukemia (Strasbourg, France) snapped a scoreless tie with a penalty kick goal in the 56th minute and freshman Tommy Golden (Westbury, N.Y.) added the first of his career as the fourth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer team finished strong to defeat the College of Saint Rose, 2-0, Saturday evening at Larkin Field.

It looked as if Saint Rose would score the game's first goal and be the team to end Southern New Hampshire's shutout streak, but graduate goalkeeper Nick Zucco (Ludlow, Mass.) pulled an amazing save out of his hat to keep it scoreless. Following a turnover in the Penmen defensive zone, Sulemian Haruna-iya dribbled in all alone with Zucco on the left side and tried to sneak a shot past Zucco's right side, but the reigning Northeast-10 Goalkeeper of the Year quickly slid to the turf and deflected the ball off to the left and out of harm's way.

Following a scoreless first half, SNHU finally broke through 10:06 into the second half when grad student Yannis Becker (Sittensen, Germany) drew a penalty kick after going down in the box as he evaded a handful of Saint Rose defenders and looked like he was going to find the back of the net. Boukemia took the kick and beat Saint Rose goalkeeper Christian Esposito to put the Penmen on the board.

Midway through the 82nd minute, playing in just the second game of his career, Golden added some insurance for SNHU. Becker played a beautiful ball over the top into the box, where Golden ran onto it and slipped it past a charging Esposito and inside the right post.

-Zucco stopped a season-high four shots to run his personal shutout streak to 876:02, dating back to last season.
-The Penmen themselves have not allowed a goal in the last 984:52, which spans 10 full matches.
-Southern New Hampshire begins the year 4-0 for the third straight season, while the 15 goals are the most through the first four matches of the year since 2014 when the Penmen potted 17 goals en route to starting 4-0.
-SNHU outshot Saint Rose, 9-6, including 6-3 in the second stanza, and held a massive 7-0 advantage in corner kicks.
-Esposito made two saves for the Golden Knights. 

Up Next:
The Penmen return to action Wednesday, Sept. 21 (7 p.m.) when they play host to Stonehill College at Larkin.

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