Pernia Scores First Collegiate Goal as Purple Knights Fall to Franklin Pierce, 3-1

Pernia Scores First Collegiate Goal as Purple Knights Fall to Franklin Pierce, 3-1

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Daniel Pernia (Homestead, Fla./Doral Academy Charter School) scored his first collegiate goal as the Saint Michael's College men's soccer team fell to Franklin Pierce University, 3-1, in its Northeast-10 Conference game on Tuesday at Duffy Field.


  • Saint Michael's (3-7-1, 2-5-1 NE10), Franklin Pierce (5-7, 4-4 NE10) 


  • Senior Daniel Pernia (Homestead, Fla./Doral Academy Charter School), 1 goal (1st career)
  • First-year Miguel Diaz (Madrid, Spain/Saint Thomas Aquinas), 1 assist
  • Redshirt sophomore Leland Gazo (Colchester, Vt./Rice Memorial/Bradley), 7 saves


  • Sophomore Yannik Felber, 2 goals
  • First-year Betim Balidemaj, 1 goal, 1 assist
  • Junior Noam Kolakofsky, 1 assist
  • Junior Niklas Laudahn, 1 assist
  • Junior Jacob Maddox, 1 assist
  • Sophomore Matteo Cavaliere, 1 assist
  • Junior Jadel Poon-Lewis, 4 saves


  • Both teams had 14 shots, with Saint Michael's holding a 9-5 advantage in the second half. The Purple Knights also registered six corners to the Ravens' three, with all six coming in the second half.
  • Pernia's goal was the first of his career.


  • The Ravens tallied the first goal of the day at 19:05 when Balidemaj buried a ball into the bottom left corner off a pass from Kolakofsky that traveled the length of the box, slipping through a hole in the Purple Knights' back line.
  • The Purple Knights pulled even in the 42nd minute when Diaz sent a touch pass across the six-yard box to Pernia, who blasted a shot into the right side of the net.
  • In the 49th minute, the Purple Knights sent in a flurry of shots, including one from junior Justin D'Orlando (Middleton, Mass./Bridgton Academy) that got past Poon-Lewis, but was blocked on the goal line and cleared away by Balidemaj to keep the game tied.
  • At 74:15, Felber punched in the game-winner, redirecting an airborne pass from Laudahn into the left side of the net.
  • The Ravens made it 3-1 in the 86th minute when Felber, with his back turned to the net, spun and kicked a well-placed shot off the inside of the left post and in for his second goal of the day.


  • Saturday vs. Stonehill College, 11 a.m.