By Ted Carbone
Stonehill Men’s Soccer took on Northeast-10 Conference rival American International on Saturday, Oct. 18. The teams both got to the ball early as they had a combined 14 shots in the first 30 minutes of play. Luckily for both teams, their goalies blocked them all.
In the 34th minute, after a corner shot by American International’s Juan Correa, Stonehill gained possession of the ball. Drew Montano would take a shot on the Yellow Jackets goal, but it was saved by AIC goalie Sebastian Tamayo. Before Tamayo could gain control of the ball, Skyhawks junior midfielder Richard “RJ” Aprile would kick the ball into AIC’s goal, putting Stonehill up 1-0.
American International would not let the Skyhawks lead for long, as Yellow Jackets forward Ed Sharman would score just over three minutes later on Stonehill senior goalkeeper Adam Colella.
With the score tied at one a piece, Stonehill would make a substitution early in the second half with junior goalkeeper Luke Besse coming in for Colella.
Both teams would continue to play a strong defense, but American International’s physicality would earn them 10 fouls in the second half; with six fouls coming in an eight-minute span.
Both teams would continue to play without scoring a goal until the 88th minute. With less than 90 seconds in the game, Stonehill would be in the position to score on American International. Sophomore Patrick Keogh would take a shot on American International’s goal, but it was quickly blocked. Before AIC could get the ball, Montano would kick it in, putting the Skyhawks up 2-1, with 1:06 left on the clock.
Stonehill would hold on to the lead and move to 8-5-1, 6-4 NE-10, while American International would drop to 7-7, 4-6 NE-10, on the season.
After a week off, the Skyhawks will play on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Assumption College.
Their final regular season home game is Nov 1.