NYACK, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College men's soccer team moved to 3-0 on the young season, downing the host Warriors from Nyack College by a 4-3 margin on Sunday afternoon.
It is the first time since the 2015 season that the Hawks started a season with three straight victories. The Warriors fall to 0-1-2 on the year. Last time a team scored 11 or more goals in the first three games of a season was in the 1998 season when they recorded 12 goals.
Nyack got on the scoreboard early within the first eight minutes of the match as Nicolas Plaja scored off a free kick from 25 yards out to open a 1-0 lead for the Warriors.
Following two shots off target by sophomore Taylor Silverstein (Concord, N.H.), the Hawks were given a corner in the 18th minute. The deep pass would land in a scramble in the box before junior Zach Elliot (Manchester, N.H.) pounced on the chance and chipped the ball into the back of the net.
The Hawks grabbed their first lead of the game with senior Nick Heckt (South Windsor, Conn.) launching a deep free kick in the 27th minute and finding the top left corner of the goal to give Saint Anselm a 2-1 lead.
After the tally, both teams landed a total of 10 shots with one by sophomore Jordan Trombly (Manchester, N.H.) hitting off the post nearly giving the Hawks a sizeable advantage going into halftime. The Warriors came out of the break and scored 27 seconds into the second half. Noah Levitt put away a shot into the back of the net to tie the match up a 2-2.
A minute later, the Hawks gained the lead back on a goal by junior Josh Polakiewicz (Middleton, Mass.). Saint Anselm would score again just over three minutes later as Heckt fired a corner kick and deflected in by the thigh of Erwin Bendl for a Nyack own goal to increase the Hawks advantage to 4-2.
Each team would keep each other scoreless for the next 32 minutes. However, Nyack would not go down, scoring in the final eight minutes of play to narrow the margin to one. The Hawks would hold off a Warriors charge in the final few minutes of the game and earn the 4-3 victory.
Saint Anselm senior keeper Jacob Rostkowski (Rockport, Mass.) made two saves while facing five shots. He picked up his third win of the year which is his highest win total in a single season throughout his career. The Hawks had an 18-14 advantage in shots and 7-4 edge on corner kicks.
The Hawks return back home on Tuesday, Sept. 17 to take on their first Northeast-10 Conference opponent of Saint Michael's College at 4 p.m.