Purple Knights Fall to New Haven in Double Overtime, 3-2

Purple Knights Fall to New Haven in Double Overtime, 3-2

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Sophomore Alessandro Pappalardo scored the game-winning goal in double overtime for the University of New Haven as it defeated the Saint Michael's College men's soccer team, 3-2, in Tuesday's Northeast-10 Conference contest at Doc Jacobs Field.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (4-10-1, 3-8-1 NE10), New Haven (4-10-2, 4-6-2 NE10) 

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Redshirt junior Brady Channell (Plattsburgh, N.Y./Plattsburgh), 1 goal
  • Junior Justin D'Orlando (Middleton, Mass./Bridgton Academy), 1 assist
  • Redshirt sophomore Leland Gazo (Colchester, Vt./Rice Memorial/Bradley), 4 saves

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Junior Pablo Perez-Gomez, 1 goal, 1 assist
  • Sophomore Alessandro Pappalardo, 1 goal, 1 assist
  • Junior Nate Peduzzi, 1 goal
  • First-year Alvaro Ezpeleta, 1 assist
  • Sophomore Justin Dansereau, 8 saves

GAME FACTS

  • The last five games between the Purple Knights and Chargers have been decided by one goal.
  • New Haven held a slight 23-20 shot advantage.

THE ACTION

  • The Purple Knights had nine shots in the first half, including a header by Channell that was barely stopped by Dansereau near the goal line in the 28th minute and a rocket off the foot of junior Jacob von Giebel (Lambertville, N.J./South Hunterdon Regional) that tickled the top of the crossbar in the 29th minute.
  • New Haven broke through at 47:14 when Peduzzi one-timed a shot into the right side of the net off a cross from Pappalardo to make it 1-0.
  • The Purple Knights answered during a corner sequence in the 72nd minute with a header from Channell that deflected off the shoulder of a defender and in for a New Haven own goal to tie things up.
  • The Chargers made it 2-1 less than two minutes later when Perez-Gomez beat a Saint Michael's defender and rocketed a shot into the left side of the net at the 73:31 mark.
  • The Purple and Gold tied it up in the 82nd minute when Channell buried home a ball off the head of D'Orlando after a scrum in front of the net.
  • The Chargers had a game-winning opportunity on a wide open net denied in the 99th minute when Channell slid across the goal line to stop a trickling shot from Ezpeleta.
  • After a scoreless first overtime, the Chargers marched the ball into the Saint Michael's defensive third where Pappalardo received a pass from Ezpeleta in the center of the field and launched a shot from 25 yards out that curled over Gazo for the game-winning goal in the 103rd minute. 

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Friday at Southern New Hampshire University, 7 p.m.
  • The Penmen are ranked 19th in the nation by the United Soccer Coaches poll and third in the East Region in the latest NCAA poll.