FRANKLIN, Mass. - Nighthawks freshman Richard Silva (Pompano Beach, Fla.) pulled off some late-game heroics, scoring his first goal of the season in the 88th minute, keeping the Newbury Nighthawks unbeaten in conference play in a 3-2 win over the Dean Bulldogs in New England Collegiate Conference play.
Silva connected on a give-and-go with freshman Warren Exceus (Boston, Mass.) in the final minutes in the game-winning goal. It's the fifth time this season the Nighthawks have scored in the final 10 minutes of a match. Newbury is 5-0-0 in games with them scoring in the final 10 minutes.
After a scoreless first half, Dean was on the board shortly after the half on a goal by Davonn Smith (Lawrence, Mass.), his sixth of the year for a 1-0 lead.
Newbury netted the next two with freshman Kobe Barnes (Hartford, Conn.) tying the game in the 62nd minute with his fourth goal of the season. The Nighthawks took a 2-1 lead in the 71st minute on Exceus's team-leading fifth of the season.
The Bulldogs looked to have forced overtime in the 84th minute, tying the match at 2-2 with Felipe Campos (Barnstable, Mass.) scoring his fourth of the year.
"We didn't have our best today, but pulling out the victory when we don't have it is great to see," said Head Coach Bill Maddock. "We've put ourselves in a great position after the first five games in the NECC, but we still have a lot to play for."
Nighthawks junior Samuel Quinones (San Diego, Calif.) made nine saves and earned the win, improving to 4-0-1 this season. Bulldogs goalie Devin Moore (Walpole, Mass.) made six saves in the loss.
The Nighthawks improve to 8-3-2 this season and 4-0-1 in the NECC. It's the Nighthawks best conference start in program history while also being 7-1-1 in their last nine games in all competitions.
Newbury is the first team to be unbeaten through the first five conference games since Daniel Webster College and Regis College accomplished the feat in 2015. Of teams still in the NECC, the 2014 Elms College Blazers are the last team to start the season unbeaten through five conference games.
"I'm proud of what these guys have done so far this season," said Maddock. "I can't wait to see what we will do in the coming weeks with this team."
The Nighthawks are back in action on Tuesday with an 8:00 p.m. match at Lesley