#4 Men’s Soccer Blanks Stonehill as Zucco Sets Consecutive Shutout Minutes Mark

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RAPID REACTION WITH HEAD COACH JOSH TAYLOR
HIGHLIGHTS 

When and Where: September 21, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score:
 Southern New Hampshire University 2, Stonehill College
Records: SNHU 5-0 (3-0 NE-10), Stonehill 3-3 (1-2 NE-10)

Graduate student Rayane Boukemia (Strasbourg, France) scored just 1:58 into the match and graduate goalkeeper Nick Zucco (Ludlow, Mass.) turned away the only shot he faced to break the NCAA Division II consecutive shutout minutes record as the fourth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer team downed Stonehill College, 2-0, Wednesday evening at Larkin Field.

Boukemia put the Penmen on the board just 1:58 into the match when he received a lofted pass over the top of the box from graduate student Yannis Becker (Sittensen, Germany) near the left post and snuck a low shot into right corner of the net.

Senior Enzo Giuliani (Toulouse, France) nearly made it 2-0 early in the 30th minute when he maneuvered around the goalkeeper and into the 6-yard box 1-on-1 with a Stonehill defender. Giuliani made another move on the defender, Zach McCormick, toward the right post, and looked to have the empty net, but McCormick stuck out his cleat and was able to narrowly deflect the shot away.

That play, however, earned the Penmen a corner kick, with Becker serving the ball from the right directly into the middle of the box where Giuliani was able to head the ball into the right side of the net to make good on his second chance and double the SNHU lead.

Southern New Hampshire had a pair of chances to expand the lead in the second half, but redshirt-junior Ryan Reynolds (Springfield, Mass.) dinged the left post on a breakaway in the 72nd minute and then just two minutes later, freshman Jonathan Lach (Norton, Mass.) drilled the right post after a sweet feed from classmate Romain Daniellou (Brieuc, France).

Notes:
-Zucco pitched his fourth shutout of the season to run his personal shutout streak to 966:02, dating back to last season, which breaks the all-time NCAA Division II record. That mark was held by the University of Bridgeport's Peter Quinn, who went 962:00 without allowing a score from Sept. 13-Oct. 18, 1986. Zucco's streak began in the 26th minute at Assumption College on Oct. 27, 2015.
-The Penmen, as a team, have not allowed a goal in the last 1074:52, which spans 11 full matches.
-Southern New Hampshire begins the year 5-0 for the third straight season, while the 17 goals are the most through the first five matches of the year since 2014 when the Penmen potted 21 goals en route to starting 5-0.
-SNHU is now 63-3-4 (.929) over its last 70 matches dating back to the beginning of the 2013 National Championship season, while it is unbeaten in 56 of its last 60 (54-4-2; .917) at home.
-The Penmen outshot the Skyhawks, 15-5, including 8-0 in the second stanza, and held a massive 9-1 advantage in corner kicks.
-Connor McDonough made four saves for the Skyhawks. 

Up Next:
The Penmen return to action Saturday, Sept. 24 (7 p.m.) when they take on American International College. The next home game for SNHU is Wednesday, Oct. 5 (7 p.m.) when it wraps up non-conference play by hosting Queens (N.Y.) College at Larkin.

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