NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Saint Anselm College men's soccer team closed out its season with a 2-0 loss at No. 22 Southern Connecticut State University, as the Owls scored twice in the final 25 minutes of the game on Friday evening at Jess Dow Field.
Southern Connecticut (10-2-4, 8-1-4 NE10) broke open a scoreless game with an own goal in the 68th minute and got an insurance goal from its leading scorer, Louis Greenway-Tambini, in the 85th minute. The loss was the fourth for Saint Anselm (3-10-2, 3-9-1 NE10) against ranked opposition this season.
The game brought a close to the careers of Saint Anselm's five seniors: JD Hayward, Kyler Thayer, Dan Kelly, Jack Heintzelman and Helio Meirelles Neto. Hayward, Thayer, Kelly and Heintzelman all played in over 50 games for the Hawks in their four-year careers, while Neto made seven saves in his final contest for Saint Anselm.
The Owls went on top midway through the second half when a Greenway-Tambini cross was tipped into the net by a Saint Anselm defender in the 68th minute. The Hawks went in search of an equalizer, getting shots on goal from Jayden West and Nick Heckt in the next 10 minutes but Noah Varonier produced saves on both efforts.
Greenway-Tambini beat Neto in a one-on-one by finishing into the lower-left corner with 5:10 remaining to give Southern Connecticut a two-goal lead. Lucas Saunders provided the assist on Greenway-Tambini's strike.
Varonier stopped all eight shots on target by Saint Anselm in the game to earn the shutout and move to 10-2-4 on the season. Neto's seven saves marked his fifth game with at least six saves in the last six games of the season.