Men's Soccer Braves the Rain for 3-0 Win Over Concordia

Men's Soccer Braves the Rain for 3-0 Win Over Concordia

COLCHESTER, Vt. – Three separate Saint Michael College men's soccer players scored their first college goals in a 3-0 win over Concordia (N.Y.) College on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Duffy Field.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (2-0), Concordia (0-1)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Sophomore Ryan DiNapoli (North Reading, Mass./Worcester Academy), 1 goal (1st career)
  • Redshirt first-year Luc Dionne (Cumberland, Maine/Cheverus), 1 goal (1st career)
  • First-year Mikael Ameris (West Palm Beach, Fla./Oxbridge Academy), 1 goal (1st career)
  • Junior Mathias Loft (Frederiksberg, Denmark/Cohasset), 3 saves in 45 minutes, 1st career win
  • First-year Tommy Coil (Toledo, Ohio/Ottawa Hills), 2 saves in 45 minutes of relief
  • Sophomore Kyle Brady (Needham, Mass./Worcester Academy), 1 assist
  • Sophomore Miguel Diaz (Madrid, Spain/Saint Thomas Aquinas), 1 assist
  • Sophomore Max Rossignol (Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton), 1 assist
  • First-year Kevin Sullivan (Walpole, Mass./Worcester Academy), 1 assist

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • First-year Mikael Varin, 1 save in 72:26
  • Sophomore Christopher Kaev, 2 saves in 17:34 of relief

GAME FACTS

  • This was the first meeting between the two programs.
  • The Purple Knights where outshot 9-8 and were even on corners 5-5.
  • This is the first 2-0 start for the men's soccer program since the 2016 season.
  • All three goal scorers for the Purple Knights scored their first career goals.

THE ACTION

  • In the third minute of the game, a free kick was served into the box and was headed by senior Valmed Marki but Loft was there to make a diving save to keep things tied early.
  • In the seventh minute of action Diaz passed to space up the left side of the field where Dionne found it and composed himself to float one over the goalie's gloves to put the Purple Knights up one just 6:41 into the game.
  • Brady dribbled the ball around the right side of the box in the 40th minute before coming to the end line and crossing it into the six-yard box where DiNapoli was waiting in perfect position to punch it in for a 2-0 lead
  • In the final minute of the first half, Sullivan lobbed a pass up the right side of the field to a streaking Ameris, who took a shot that was just out of the reach of the goalie for a 3-0 lead.
  • In the 57th minute, sophomore Nikolas Piel hit a blast well outside the 18 in wet conditions but the ball was saved by Coil.
  • Ameris found space once again in the 74th minute and dribbled up the field with a defender on his back before shooting the ball at the new goalie, Kaev, who made the save.
  • With just over 10 minutes to play, a free kick was placed in the box by Concordia that had bodies flying trying to connect, but sophomore Connell MacLellan (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) was able to clear it away from danger.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Sept. 17 at Saint Anselm College, 4 p.m.
  • In a non-league meeting between Northeast-10 Conference opponents, the schools will play their third annual Community Cup, where both teams will make a donation to a local charity.