McCaskill Buries Winner During Home Debut, Men's Soccer Downs Saint Anselm, 1-0

McCaskill Buries Winner During Home Debut, Men's Soccer Downs Saint Anselm, 1-0

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Senior Isaiah McCaskill (Springfield, Mass./Springfield Renaissance School/Becker) struck for the game's only goal in the 67th minute, tallying during his home debut to help the Saint Michael's College men's soccer team down Saint Anselm College, 1-0, on Saturday at Duffy Field.

The Purple Knights won the annual non-conference Community Cup game between the Northeast-10 Conference rivals, which serves as a fundraiser for a local charity. With the game in Colchester this year, the teams both donated $500 to the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (2-1), Saint Anselm (2-1)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Senior Isaiah McCaskill (Springfield, Mass./Springfield Renaissance School/Becker), 1 goal
  • Sophomore Ian Boudreau (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury), 5 saves
  • Senior Kyle Brady (Needham, Mass./Worcester Academy), 1 assist
  • Sophomore Gray Pierson (Framingham, Mass./Framingham), 1 assist

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Junior Brian Underhill, 2 saves

GAME FACTS

  • McCaskill scored during his debut on Duffy Field after playing at Becker College for two seasons and seeing the 2020 campaign, his first at Saint Michael's, wiped out. McCaskill's goal, his 16th in 39 career games, was the first allowed by Saint Anselm this fall.
  • Boudreau earned a shutout in his first college start.
  • The Purple Knights won their fourth straight home opener, and sixth in seven years.
  • Saint Michael's is at least 3-1 for the fifth time in seven years.
  • Eighteen of the past 23 meetings between the schools were decided by one goal or less.
  • The hosts held a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks, while the Hawks carried a 14-12 edge in shots.

THE ACTION

  • In the 29th minute, Brady's corner kick found the middle of the box, where Underhill dove to catch the ball under pressure.
  • Junior Nino Scolieri blasted a shot from 25 yards just wide of the frame in the 35th minute, necessitating Underhill to leap and tip away the bid to ensure it not reaching net.
  • Boudreau went low to stop senior Jordan Trombly's point-blank bid in the 38th minute before diving to reject sophomore Thomas Prentice's close-range header in the 40th minute.
  • Junior Taylor Silverstein's header ticketed for the upper right corner in the 56th minute was denied by a diving Boudreau, keeping the game scoreless.
  • In the 67th minute, Pierson sent a short pass to Brady, who took space and curled a long cross into the box, where McCaskill beat Underhill to the ball and headed it into the right netting at 66:40.
  • Boudreau secured the victory in the waning minutes, stopping Silverstein's point-blank header off of the turf with 1:41 remaining. That proved to be the Hawks' final shot.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Wednesday vs. the University of Maine at Fort Kent, 3:15 p.m. on Doc Jacobs Field.
  • The Bengals were the 2019 United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Division 1 national runners-up and claimed USCAA championships as recently as 2015 and 2016.