MANCHESTER, N.H. – Visiting Assumption College scored four second-half goals to spoil Senior Day for the Saint Anselm College men's soccer team by defeating the Hawks 4-1 on Saturday at Melucci Field.
Saint Anselm (3-8-2, 3-7-1 NE10) got a goal from Emmet O'Callaghan with 28 seconds remaining in the opening half to lead 1-0 at the break. However, Assumption (5-9-1, 3-7-1 NE10) scored four times in a 25-minute stretch of the second half to claim the Northeast-10 Conference victory.
Prior to the game, the Hawks honored their five-man senior class of JD Hayward, Kyler Thayer, Dan Kelly, Jack Heintzelman and Helio Meirelles Neto for their contributions to the program over the last four years. The game was also Saint Anselm's Cancer Awareness Game as the men's and women's soccer teams raised over $3,500 for the fight against cancer through t-shirt sales during the week.
With the first half winding down, O'Callaghan scored his team-high sixth goal of the season in the waning moments of the half to open the scoring. Heintzelman threaded a ball down the right channel for O'Callaghan, who made no mistake from the right side of the box.
Assumption responded inside the first five minutes of the second half when Simon Trcka was played through by Kevin Hernandez and slotted the ball past a rushing Neto. Ten minutes later, Trcka grabbed his second goal of the game, bending in a free kick from the left wing at the near post.
Hernandez and Trcka connected again in the 67th minute to increase Assumption's lead to 3-1. A clearance ricocheted off an Assumption player, creating a break for the Greyhounds and Trcka squared for Hernandez to tuck the ball home.
Carlos Sola added an unassisted goal in the 75th minute to close the scoring for the Greyhounds, curling a shot into the lower-right corner from a few yards outside the box.
Assumption's Brian Murray made four saves to pick up the victory, while Neto had three stops for the Hawks. Saint Anselm remains three points behind American International College in the NE10 standings for the final spot in the NE10 Championship with just two conference games remaining.
The Hawks head to Bentley University to face the Falcons at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24.