Nighthawks Fall to Conference Leading Blazers

Photo by: Mike Broglio
Photo by: Mike Broglio

WATERTOWN, Mass. - The Newbury College men's soccer team fell to Elms College, 1-0, in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action, Saturday evening. Junior midfielder Lorenzo Rolocut (Somers, Conn.) scored the game-winner in the 10th minute as the Blazers remain perfect in the conference.

Elms wasted little time, jumping on the scoreboard early. From 25-yards out, Rolocut lined a shot past junior goalkeeper Antonios Tran (Chelsea, Mass.) into the back of the net off a pass from sophomore forward Safa Saady (Baghdad, Iraq).

Moments later, sophomore midfielder German Canales (Lynn, Mass.) preserved the one-goal deficit. The North Shore native re-directed a header, six-yards out, from Elms junior defender Connor O'Grady (Somers, Conn.) in the 16th minute as the Blazers went into the break with the 1-0 advantage.

When the teams returned to the pitch at the start of the second period, the Nighthawks continued to show tenacity and would not battle back. Late in the half, senior midfielders Milton Ricaurte (Barranquilla, Colombia) and Rodriguez Pierre (Somerville, Mass.) appeared as if they were going to put the Nighthawks on the board and tie up the game within a minute of each other.

In the 76th minute, Ricaurte laced a shot but Blazer junior goalkeeper Nick Pennant (St. Andrew, Jamaica) came up with the save. Two minutes later, Pierre had his opportunity but pushed it wide of the net.  

But the Nighthawks did not hang their heads and continued to claw their way back. With 12 seconds remaining in regulation, they pressured their way into Blazer territory, threatening to send the game into overtime but Elms withstood the attack and held on for the victory.

Newbury falls to 3-11-1 and 1-3-0 in the conference while Elms climbs back to .500, improving to 6-6-2 and 3-0 in NECC action. The Nighthawks return to the pitch on Wednesday October 22nd when they travel to New London, Conn. for a 3:30 p.m. tilt against Mitchell College. The Blazers will also be back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Bennington, Vt. for a 3:30 p.m. contest against Southern Vermont College.