MANCHESTER, N.H. – Jayden West scored his first collegiate goal for the Saint Anselm College men's soccer team, but Stonehill College grabbed an 87th-minute equalizer as the Hawks and Skyhawks played to a 1-1 tie on Wednesday at Melucci Field.
After a scoreless first half, West scored in the 48th minute to put Saint Anselm (3-7-2, 3-6-1 NE10) on top with the first shot of the second half. The Hawks continued to hold the 1-0 lead until Adam Branco evened it up at 1-1 with 3:03 left in regulation for Stonehill (4-9-2, 1-8-1 NE10).
With three conference games remaining, Saint Anselm currently sits three points behind American International for the eighth and final spot in the Northeast-10 Men's Soccer Championship.
The Skyhawks took 30 shots in the game, compared to 11 for Saint Anselm, which was reduced to 10 men shortly after Branco's goal. Despite being down a man, the Hawks held Stonehill off the board in the extra sessions. Helio Meirelles Neto made six of his eight saves in the opening half to keep it a 0-0 game at the break, despite Stonehill outshooting Saint Anselm 12-3 in the first 45 minutes.
The Hawks broke the deadlock just 2:58 into the second half, as Keith Hill sent a diagonal cross to a crashing West at the left post for West's first-career goal. Hill's assist was his second of the year. With the clock winding down, Branco brought Stonehill level with his team-leading seventh goal of the season, nodding a right-wing cross from Patrick Doherty inside the left post.
Saint Anselm had the lone shot on goal in overtime, but Conor McDonough denied Jack Heintzelman in the 93rd minute. All eight Stonehill shots in the two extra sessions were off target.
Neto's eight saves matched his season-high set back on Sept. 13 at No. 15 Southern New Hampshire University. It was also his sixth game this season, and third in a row, with at least six saves. McDonough made five saves in the game for the Skyhawks.
Saint Anselm hosts Assumption on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. on Senior Day at Melucci Field. The game is also the team's Cancer Awareness Game.