NEW LONDON, N.H. – A powerful first frame by Colby Sawyer proved to be enough to take down the Suffolk men's soccer team, who ultimately fell, 5-1, to the Chargers Tuesday afternoon at Kelsey Field.
SCORE: Suffolk 1, Colby Sawyer 5
RECORDS: Suffolk (1-4, 1-1 GNAC) | Colby Sawyer (2-3, 2-0 GNAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Colby Sawyer wasted no time to gain a one-goal lead as the Chargers scored on their first possession of the afternoon. Kevin Tracy made a move to the left and struck in the right corner of the net thanks to Yannick Gonsalves set up to put the Rams in 1-0 hole with just 37 seconds removed from the clock.
The hosts added to their advantage 22 minutes later on an unassisted marker from Ryan Kresco. On a breakaway the Charger escaped the lone defender for a one-on-one with David Haines and put the ball past Suffolk's keeper to make it a 2-0 Colby Sawyer game.
With just under one minute remaining in the first frame, Colby Sawyer added to its margin as Andrew Broening picked up his own rebound at the 44:20 minute mark to stretch the Chargers lead to 3-0.
Tyler Mello started a comeback form Suffolk 51 seconds in the second stanza. The sophomore capitalized on a misplayed ball in front of the Chargers net to trim the deficit to two.
The Chargers had other things in mind as Mason Galbato rebuilt a three-goal cushion in the 50th minute with a putback on a deflection.
Eight minutes later Kresco added to the hosts cushion with his second strike of the day and the four-goal margin was too much ground for the Rams to make up.
KEEPING UP WITH THE KEEPERS
- Haines made three saves of 78:15 of action.
- In relief work, Tom Bennett stopped the lone shot he faced.
- Lucas Boetsch scooped up the victory behind a five-save performance.
- Melllo accounted for Suffolk's only score on the night.
- Colby Sawyer held a slim edge in shots, 17-15, including a 9-6 advantage in shots on net.
- The Rams had the upper hand in corners, 5-4.
- Suffolk and Colby Sawyer met for the first time in the James Boden era.
- The Rams and Chargers renewed a rivalry, which began in 1990, and met for the third time ever, first since 1991.
- Mello recorded his first collegiate goal.
Suffolk returns to the friendly confines of James A. Sartori Stadium at East Boston Memorial Park Saturday, Sept. 15 as Lasell stops by Eastie for a 12 p.m. conference clash. The noon kickoff serves as game one of a Suffolk soccer doubleheader with the women's squad scheduled to host Colby Sawyer in the nightcap at 3 p.m.