MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior Nick Heckt (South Windsor, Conn.) of the Saint Anselm College men's soccer team scored his first goal of the season in Saturday's 2-1 loss to American International College.
The Hawks fall to 0-7 on the year, having lost all five Northeast-10 Conference matches to date. American International improves to 2-6 on the season, winning its first league contest of the year through six opportunities.
Off a free kick just beyond the 18-yard box, Heckt beat Yellow Jackets backstop Ioannis Iatroudis with a curling shot to halve the visitors advantage, 2-1. It was Heckt's first goal of the season and the eighth of his three-year career on the Hilltop, having last scored on Oct. 25, 2017 against Queens (N.Y.).
Josip Validzic and Alexandre Frank scored for American International in the first half, creating a 2-0 advantage through the game's first 45 minutes. Validzic tapped home a right-to-left cross from Connor Hicks at 19:34 while Frank finished off a Jake Durham header at 36:59.
Hawks netminder Jacob Rostkowski (Rockport, Mass.) made eight saves in the loss, yielding only two goals in his team's third-straight loss by a one-goal margin. Iatroudis made seven stops, allowing only the Heckt goal in the second half.
Saint Anselm took 12 second-half shots, finishing with a 16-14 edge in shots, and received 10 of the game's 13 corner kicks.
The Hawks head back to Rindge, N.H. for a 7 p.m. contest versus Franklin Pierce on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The game was originally slated for Tuesday, Sept. 25, but an unplayable field forced a postponement.