Top 10 Roundup
No. 7 SNHU posts shutout, No. 9 Rollins tops No. 10 Flagler
No. 7 Southern New Hampshire 4, Dominican (N.Y.) 0
MANCHESTER, N.H. -– Brian Francolini tallied a goal and an assist as Southern New Hampshire jumped out to a 3-0 halftime lead in an eventual 4-0 men's soccer victory against Dominican (N.Y.) College Wednesday night at Larkin Field. The Penmen upped their record to 2-1, while the Chargers are 1-2 on the season.
The hosts struck three times in the final 17:08 of the first half to build a 3-0 advantage. Miguel Carneiro opened up the scoring in the 28th minute when he took a through ball from Pierre Omanga and tucked it inside the near left post for a 1-0 lead. With 4:59 remaining before intermission, Christian Rodriguez dribbled through several Dominican defenders and beat keeper Andres Ruiz low for an unassisted tally. Just under three minutes later, Francolini sent a ball across the box that deflected off Ruiz to Keegan Campbell, who put it away for his first career goal.
Francolini had the only score of the second half just past the 70-minute mark as he headed in a long right-to-left cross off the foot of Jonathan Lupinelli.
Dom DiMaggio started and played the first 76:53 in goal for Southern New Hampshire and made a pair of saves before giving way to Myles Groenloh, who finished off the shutout as he did not face a shot in the final 13:07. Ruiz recorded four saves as the Penmen outshot the Chargers 23-10, including 13-3 in the first half.
No. 9 Rollins 3, No. 10 Flagler 2
WINTER PARK, Fla. -- Seventh-ranked Rollins opened up an early two-goal advantage and held on late to defeat fourth-ranked Flagler Wednesday night. Three Tars notched their first goals of the 2013 season in front of a capacity crowd at Barker Family Stadium.
Rollins outshot the Saints 19-7 on the night, 10-2 in the second half, to remain a perfect 2-0 on the young season while Flagler drops to 2-1-0.
The Tars jumped out to the early lead, scoring in the second minute on a Walker Hume header off a corner to seize momentum right out of the gates. Junior Skyler Russell assisted on the goal, his team leading third assist of the season.
Rollins would add to their lead in the 24th minute, this time it was Tucker Hume who found the back of the net. Hume received the pass just outside the left side of the box and cut back to his right before uncorking a low shot just inside the near post and out of the reach of Saints keeper Josiah Holtz.
The two-goal deficit was then quickly erased by Flagler, all by Saints’ senior forward Zach Shanahan. First Shanahan benefitted from a open net set up by a cross from Jonny Cosgrove in the 26th minute and then five minutes, took a pass from Craig Riley and slid it past a diving Tars keeper Keneil Baker and over the goal line.
With the score tied at 2-2, senior Rafa Faria played the ball in the far right corner to Philipp Schad. Schad took a touch and then sent a cross towards the far post. Streaking down the near side was freshman Alexis Martinez and snuck behind the Saints backline and headed it near side for the goal. The game-winner marked the first collegiate goal for the freshman.
The 3-2 advantage would stand through half and, after a closely contested second period, all the way until the final horn.
Baker played every minute in goal for the Tars, collected a pair of saves to improve to 2-0.
Three yellow cards were given out, one to Saints’ Kevin Keenan and a pair to the Tars, senior Alex Bisbee and junior Gareth Partridge.