MANCHESTER, N.H. – Nick Heckt gave the Saint Anselm College men's soccer team the lead in the first half but Saint Michael's College found a tying goal in the second half as the Hawks and Purple Knights played to a 1-1 tie in the inaugural Community Cup on Saturday at Grappone Stadium.
Heckt scored his first goal of the season and the second of his career in the 23rd minute to put Saint Anselm (0-1-1) on top midway through the first half. However, Saint Michael's (1-0-1) got the game-tying goal from Cris Cervantes in the 66th minute to even it up. Neither team was able to find a winner in the last remainder of regular time and all 20 minutes of overtime.
The Hawks went ahead after 22:11 when Emmet O'Callaghan sent in a cross from the right that found Heckt in the middle of the box and the sophomore slotted the ball into the lower-right corner. Just over three minutes later, Saint Michael's came within inches of tying it up when Andres Rivas' long-range effort grazed the crossbar and went out for a goal kick.
The score remained 1-0 until the 66th minute when Cervantes grabbed the equalizer. Cervantes got on the end of a Matt Vlasich cross from the right wing on a near-post run and touched the ball around Jacob Rostkowski to make it a 1-1 game.
Saint Michael's outshot Saint Anselm 13-6 in the game and by a 10-4 margin after the break, while holding a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks. Gabriel Pineda and Jacob Rostkowski were the goalkeepers of record for both teams after entering the game at halftime. Leland Gazo made the lone save of the game for the Purple Knights in the first half, while Helio Meirelles Neto made two stops in the opening 45 minutes for the Hawks.
The game marked the first Community Cup as the Hawks and Purple Knights presented a $1,000 check to Inti Academy, which serves underprivileged youth in Manchester through soccer. The Community Cup will be held each season in the non-conference matchup between the two programs. Youth from Inti Academy joined the players on the field as part of the international walkout prior to the game.
Saint Anselm heads across the river to face Southern New Hampshire University on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. The game is part of a men's and women's soccer doubleheader at Larkin Field and follows the 4 p.m. women's game.