WALTHAM, Mass. – The regionally-ranked Saint Anselm College men's soccer team had its four-game undefeated streak snapped Saturday in nail-biting fashion against Northeast-10 Conference rival Bentley. The Falcons generated a last minute goal to surpass the Hawks, 2-1.
Saint Anselm, who suffered its first loss of the season, drops to 4-1 on the year and to 0-1 in conference play. With the win, the Falcons improved to 2-2 on the young season and 1-0 in the conference. Bentley has now gone 12 matches unbeaten at home (8-0-4).
With the match tied at one and with overtime looming, Saint Anselm was called for a foul with 40 seconds left in Bentley's attacking end. Connor Mote set up the free kick from about 25 yards out and drilled the kick low through the defense to the far post. The shot went past the outstretched arms of freshman goalkeeper Brian Underhill (Westford, Mass.).
At the start of the game, both teams scored inside the first 10 minutes. The Hawks took an early lead in the sixth minute when junior Taylor Silverstein (Concord, N.H.) redirected from close range a free kick by senior Nick Heckt (South Windsor, Conn.). In Silverstein's last two games, he has totaled three goals on seven shots.
Just over four minutes later, Bentley equalized off a corner kick as Jake Acker headed the ball home on the far post.
With 32 minutes remaining on the clock, the Hawks had their best second-half scoring opportunity with back-to-back shots from sophomore Jack Moffitt (Andover, Mass.) and Silverstein but the Falcons' goalkeeper Nick Maldarella stopped both from going in.
Senior goalkeeper Jacob Rostkowski (Rockport, Mass.) played the first 69 minutes of competition and stopped two shots before Underhill took over in net. Underhill recorded one save in the final 21 minutes.
The Hawks return to Melucci Field for a matchup against Stonehill on Wednesday, Sept. 25. The game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.