MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's soccer team finished the month of October with a 4-1 loss to cross-town rival Southern New Hampshire University on Tuesday night at Penmen Stadium.
The Hawks fell to 6-9 on the season and to 2-9 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. The Penmen improved to 6-4-3 on the year and 4-3-2 in NE10 play. Saint Anselm returns to the Hilltop for its season finale against Assumption on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 3 p.m.
Sinisa Sprecakovic put the Penmen on the board first in the 29th minute and then followed up with another tally two minutes later. Sprecakovic's two goals helped the Penmen to a 2-0 lead at halftime.
Only 10 minutes out of the break, Sprecakovic scored his third goal of the game for a hat trick in the 55th minute. The Penmen shutout would end in the 63rd minute as senior Nick Heckt (South Windsor, Conn.) converted on a penalty kick. Heckt trimmed the deficit to 3-1 with 27 minutes remaining in the second half.
Michael Goncalves secured the win for the Penmen with a tally in the 74th minute from a dish by Andre Pereira, his third assist of the game.
The Penmen outshot the Hawks by a 20-12 margin as senior goalkeeper Jacob Rostkowski (Rockport, Mass.) faced a total of nine shots on goal, stopping five of them. Patrick Quinn of the Penmen had the same amount of saves as his counterpart Rostkowski, earning his sixth victory of the season in goal.