MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's soccer team picked up a victory in its last regular-season match of the year, holding on for a 3-2 win over Southern Connecticut State University at Melucci Field.
The Hawks end their season with an 1-11-3 overall record alongside a 1-9-3 mark against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Southern Connecticut State falls to 9-8 and to 6-7 against league foes and has clinched a berth in the NE10 Tournament with Stonehill and Franklin Pierce tying on Friday.
A powerful goal kick by Bailey Bassett of Southern Connecticut State was halted by a Hawks defender just outside of the 18-yard box. Francisco Roldan Martin picked off the carom and brought the ball right to goal, shooting the ball left-to-right past the diving Saint Anselm netminder, Jacob Rostkowski (Rockport, Mass.).
Sophomore Zach Elliot (Manchester, N.H.) helped to force an Owls turnover and brought the ball to the right of the Southern Connecticut State goal. Eluding a defender, Eliot sent a pass back to freshman Michael Budrewicz (Uccle, Belgium) who roofed the ball over the diving Owls goalkeeper to draw the game even at one.
Freshman Jordan Trombly (Manchester, N.H.) picked up a goal shortly into the second half, intercepting a clearance pass by Bassett. He won a one-on-one battle with an Owls defenseman and elevated the ball past the Owls goalkeeper for the go-ahead tally less than one minute after halftime concluded.
The third and final Saint Anselm tally of the game came shortly after a foul by Southern Connecticut State was called to the left of the 18'. A cross by freshman Patrick Sorensen (Sturbridge, Mass.) somehow caught the foot of sophomore defenseman Josh Polakiewicz (Middleton, Mass.) in front of the goal, who finished to make it a two-goal game.
A long-range pass by Southern Connecticut State was chested down by Kevin Van Der Pol and directed toward Dexter Tenn, who fired a nice curving shot past Rostkowski for the Owls second goal of the game with just under 10 minutes to go in regulation time.
The Owls, down by only one goal, were awarded a penalty kick with 5:44 left in regulation time, but Rostkowski was up to the task, diving to his right and keeping a Daniel Utgaard shot out of the net with little time remaining in regulation.
Van Der Pol had a last-second shot turned away by Rostkowski, preserving the team's first victory of the 2018 campaign.
Rostkowski finished with six saves for Saint Anselm, capping a stellar senior campaign with 95 stops, while Bassett tallied nine for the Owls.