Kingman makes eight stops, men's soccer falls at No. 2 Franklin Pierce
RINDGE, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College men's soccer team took on one of three remaining undefeated Division II teams on Wednesday evening, falling to second-ranked Franklin Pierce University, 3-0, at Sodexo Field during a Northeast-10 Conference game. The Purple Knights moved to 4-8-2 overall and 2-7-1 in the league, while the Ravens are 13-0-1 and 9-0-1.
Saint Michael's held the hosts off the scoreboard until late in the 23rd minute and was outshot just 15-7 while yielding a 5-4 deficit in corner kicks to a team ranked second in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) national poll, as Franklin Pierce is the top U.S. squad in the rankings.
Junior Logan Kingman (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) made eight saves for the Purple Knights, as the hosts bunched their three goals into a 28:49 stretch in the middle of the game.
Senior Victor Goncalves (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil/Colegio Santo Inacio), sophomore Gareth Dudney (North Andover, Mass./North Andover) and freshman Trent Roy (Stratham, N.H./Exeter) tallied for the Ravens. Senior Vinny Papageorgiou (Wilmington, Mass./Wilmington) made three stops.
Kingman made a pair of stops in the opening 21 minutes, sandwiched around Purple Knight freshman Simon Rodriguez (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela Senior) pushing a shot over the Raven net in the ninth minute, before Goncalves netted his winner at 22:55, hitting the upper right-hand corner beyond Kingman's reach.
Saint Michael's countered with a pair of tying attempts in the 30th minute before Dudney converted off of a rebound at 38:21. Roy made it 3-0 in the 52nd minute on the next shot fired off by either team. The visitors took a quartet of shots in the final 24 minutes while looking to break the shutout, but Papageorgiou stopped three, including another by Rodriguez, while the fourth was blocked.
The Purple Knights host Le Moyne College, which is ranked ninth in this week's NSCAA East regional poll, on Saturday at 12 p.m.