MEDFORD, Mass. - Nighthawks juniors Josue Lopez (San Diego, Calif.) and Julius Davis (Philadelphia, Pa.) both scored in the first 12 minutes of the game, leading the Newbury Nighthawks to a 2-0 victory over the Emerson Lions on Monday night at Hormel Stadium in non-conference action.
Nighthawks senior Jarrod Smith (Watertown, N.Y.) earned the clean sheet for the Nighthawks, making six saves on the evening. It's Smith's first shutout since his sophomore year, a 1-0 win at MIT on Sept. 7, 2016.
The win also marks the first time the Nighthawks have a winning record since the end of the 2016 season when the team finished 11-8-2.
In the first two minutes, the Nighthawks were able to grab the lead off a corner kick. Freshman Warren Exceus (Boston, Mass.) got a clean header on goal but was denied on an excellent save by Lions freshman Robbie Shinder (Boca Raton, Fla.). The rebound fell to the feet of Lopez, who executed on the rebound from five yards out to give Newbury a 1-0 lead.
Ten minutes later, in the 12th minute, it was Newbury on the counter-attack. The attack again found Exceus, who led Davis down the left wing. Davis cut inside to the top left corner of the goal box and sent a dazzling, bending shot into the far side netting, giving the Nighthawks a 2-0 edge.
Smith made his fine share of saves for the Nighthawks. Coming out of the half, Lions senior Gavin Faucette (Oakland, Calif.) had an excellent opportunity from 20 yards out. Faucette's strike was labeled for the bottom right corner but Smith made a diving save, controlling the rebound in the process, to preserve the shutout.
Nighthawks freshman Demetri Karathanos (Belleville, Ill.) made history being the first player from Hellenic College to participate for any Newbury athletic team since the announcement of the Newbury-Hellenic Athletic Consortium last December. Karathanos made an appearance in the final 10 minutes of the first half as a substitute, relieving fellow freshman Ryan Gonzales (Portsmouth, N.H.).
The win moves Smith to 1-0-1 this season while Shinder falls to 0-1 in his first career start.
Newbury improves to 3-2-1 with the victory and the Lions drop to 1-5.
Newbury returns to play on Wednesday as they travel to Husson University for a 5:00 p.m. match. Emerson comes back to play on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. with a conference match at Coast Guard.