Two first-half goals propel men's soccer to second consecutive victory

Two first-half goals propel men's soccer to second consecutive victory

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's soccer team captured its first back-to-back victories since 2015 with a 2-1 triumph over Roberts Wesleyan College on Wednesday afternoon at Melucci Field.

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The Hawks improved to 2-0 on the year, surpassing last year's one-win season, while the Redhawks dropped to 0-2-1. As well, the Hawks are only one goal shy of tying last year's season goal scoring total of eight. The last time the Hawks scored seven or more goals through their first two games was in 1998 when the team tallied 11 in that span.

Sophomore Taylor Silverstein (Concord, N.H.) got the Hawks on the board only 2:30 into the match off a Zach Elliot (Manchester, N.H.) cross in the box before Michael Budrewicz (Uccle, Belgium) redirected the pass to Silverstein. That provided the Hawks with a 1-0 early lead.

Following the Hawks goal, Roberts Wesleyan recorded three of the next five shots but could not convert. After a five-minute period with no shots, Saint Anselm began a charge in the 20th minute starting with Budrewicz bringing the ball up the right side of the field. He then sent a cross towards Elliot who extended his left leg in the box and chipped the ball past the goalkeeper's reach into the net. Elliot has scored a goal in each of the past two matches.

Budrewicz now has recorded at least one point in each of his last four games dating back to last season. He has posted five goals and three assists (5-3=12) in that span.

After Saint Anselm fired four shots off target and controlled a 2-0 lead, the Redhawks decided to switch goalkeepers in the 31st minute to Jared Gibbons who closed the game out with two saves.

At the break, the Hawks held a 11-6 shots advantage with four corner kicks and two saves.

For most of the second half, the teams were back and forth in their attacks until Terrell Spencer broke the shutout hopes for the Hawks with a last second goal from beyond midfield.

Goalkeeper Jacob Rostkowski (Rockport, Mass.) stopped four shots en route to his second win of the season.

Saint Anselm will be back in action on Sunday, Sept. 15, taking its first road trip of 2019 to Nyack College in New York for a 1:30 p.m. matchup.