Bennington, Vt. - The Nighthawks offense exploded for six goals, the most in a game for the program since 2016, while shutting out the Southern Vermont Mountaineers 6-0 on Saturday afternoon at Everett Field in New England Collegiate Conference play.
Freshman Kobe Barnes (Hartford, Conn.) led the Nighthawks attack with two goals to go with one assist. Four other Nighthawks scored on the afternoon including senior Nicholas Olivares-Thompson (Rochester, N.H.), who scored his first of the campaign late in the game.
In the third minute, junior Julius Davis (Philadelphia, Pa.) began the onslaught with his second goal of the season. Davis scored on a quality give-and-go from freshman Warren Exceus (Boston, Mass.), giving the Nighthawks a 1-0 lead.
Barnes broke through with his first of the season in the 15th minute as the beneficiary of a Southern Vermont turnover. The change in possession created a breakaway for Barnes, who slid it under the Mountaineers goalie for a 2-0 lead.
Barnes struck again just before half in the 43rd minute. A pass from junior Alex Strafer (Auburn, Mass.) created another breakaway for Barnes. This time Barnes slid the ball past the right side of the goalie, giving the Nighthawks a 3-0 lead.
Barnes struck for an assist to give the Nighthawks a 4-0 lead. The attack began with a through ball to Barnes, who cut inside and found Exceus at the top of the box. Exceus's strike from 15 yards out found the net for his second of the season.
Junior Andrew Kalombo (Worcester, Mass.) made it 5-0 with his second of the year, scoring on a loose ball from a Nighthawks corner. Olivares-Thompson wrapped up the scoring with a header on a cross from the right by junior Francisco Villacorta (Lima, Peru).
Nighthawks junior Chris Tran (Nantucket, Mass.) earned the win, making two saves in 75 minutes of play. Southern Vermont's Diego Uquillas made two saves on the day in his 75 minutes. Tran moves to 2-2 while Uquillas falls to 1-6.
The Nighthawks have won four straight for the first time since the start of the 2016 season and are 2-0 in the NECC for the first time since 2015. Overall, Newbury sits at 5-2-1 (2-0 NECC). The Mountaineers drop to 1-8 (0-2 NECC) with the loss.
Along with the four-game winning streak, the Nighthawks have held opponents scoreless in their last three games. The last time the Nighthawks held opponents scoreless for three consecutive games was the 2015 season. In that stretch, the Nighthawks outscored their opponents 15-0. This season, this three-game stretch has resulted in outscoring foes 9-0.
The Nighthawks look to continue this impressive play on Wednesday as they host Fitchburg State University for a 3:30 p.m. kick.