Purple Knights suffer 2-0 setback during NE-10 play to New Haven

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to the University of New Haven in Northeast-10 Conference action on Saturday at Duffy Field. With the defeat, the Purple Knights drop to 6-4-3 overall and 2-4-3 in the conference, while the Chargers improve to 5-7-1 and 2-6-1.

Senior goalkeeper Logan Kingman (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) made two saves for Saint Michael's. New Haven received goals from graduate student Clancy Purcell (Shelton, Conn./Taft/Connecticut) and senior Joseph D'Antonio (Oceanside, N.Y./Oceanside). Senior Anastasios Petridis (Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon) stopped five shots.

During a scoreless game, the Purple Knights had back-to-back headers in the third minute, as sophomore Philip McCormick (Starksboro, Vt./Mount Abraham Union) was blocked before senior Dana DiPinto (Woburn, Mass./Tilton School) sent one wide only seconds later. Saint Michael's was awarded a penalty kick at 3:01, but the ball rung off of the crossbar.

D'Antonio sent a pass from senior Joel Rodriguez (Wallingford, Conn./Mark T. Sheehan) into the lower right corner of the Purple Knight net at 4:26 to give New Haven a 1-0 lead. The Chargers threatened to extend their lead with back-to-back shots in the 19th minute, but Kingman stopped the initial shot by sophomore Andres Torres (Norwalk, Conn./Norwalk/Adelphi) before Purcell sent the second one wide. Purple Knight first-year Jack Loud (Richmond, Vt./Mount Mansfield Union) pushed a header wide of the New Haven goal in the 40th minute, and sophomore Colby Ajoku's (Weymouth, Mass./Boston College HS) header was saved in the 43rd.

Kingman made a diving challenge at the top of the box in the 73rd minute while D'Antonio was on a breakaway to keep the Saint Michael's deficit at one. The Chargers added their second tally when Purcell buried a through ball from Torres at 86:27. Sophomore Gonzalo Mengotti (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) had a header saved in the 87th minute before a shot from classmate O.J. Rivas (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) was turned away by Petridis in the 88th minute to keep New Haven's shutout intact.

The Purple Knights return to action on Wednesday at 3 p.m. on Duffy Field when they host a Franklin Pierce University team ranked fifth in the most recent National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) East Region poll and receiving votes toward the national poll.

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