MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sophomore Taylor Silverstein (Concord, N.H.) of the Saint Anselm College men's soccer team netted two goals during Tuesday's 3-1 win over Saint Michael's College in the Community Cup tilt.
Saint Anselm kept the undefeated season going as the squad improved to 4-0. The Hawks ended the Purple Knights undefeated campaign as they move to 2-1. With four straight wins, the Hawks have tied the 1999 team as the only group to have not earned a draw in their unbeaten starts in program history.
Prior to the game, both teams partnered to donate a total of $1,000 to Saint Anselm's newest member of the team, Silas Brown. This donation will go to cover his daily medical expenses. Brown came to Saint Anselm via the Team Impact organization.
The Purple Knights struck first in the 14th minute as Miguel Dias rocketed a shot off the post which went directly back to him. He then converted and gave Saint Michael's an early 1-0 lead.
Silverstein put home his first goal of the game only six minutes later. Freshman Jackson Bukunt (Upton, Mass.) was driving up the field and tried to get a shot over the approaching goalkeeper but Mathias Loft booted the ball away. Silverstein gathered the wayward save and found the wide open net, tying the game at 1-1.
For the rest of the first half, the pressure started to mount as two yellows cards and 14 fouls were called. The Purple Knights led the shots advantage, 8-6 and 4-2 on corner kicks.
Head coach Bruno Victal decided to switch senior Jacob Rostkowski (Rockport, Mass.) for freshman Brian Underhill (Westford, Mass.) in net in the 53rd minute. Underhill stayed in goal for the rest of the game. In the 63rd minute, a Saint Michael's defender attempted to clear a loose ball but it found the back of his own net for an own goal.
Just two minutes later, Silverstein buried his second goal of the day off a scrum in the box. That brought the score to 3-1 with 25 minutes remaining on the clock.
Underhill picked up his first collegiate win, making one save in the final 38 minutes. Rostkowski started the game with two saves on three shots.
Saint Anselm carries its undefeated season into Northeast-10 Conference play on Saturday, Sept. 21 for a 1 p.m. matchup at Bentley.