Men's Soccer Downed by Saint Anselm, 2-1, During Annual Community Cup

Men's Soccer Downed by Saint Anselm, 2-1, During Annual Community Cup

BEDFORD, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College men's soccer team lost to Saint Anselm College, 2-1, during non-conference play on Monday afternoon at the Back River Sports Complex.

The Northeast-10 Conference counterparts played their annual Community Cup contest, combining to donate $2,000 toward Massachusetts General Hospital's cutaneous squamous cell research in the name of Joe Underhill, who died last month after a battle with cancer. Joe is the father of Saint Anselm senior Brian Underhill.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (0-4), Saint Anselm (2-0)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • First-year Jack Andrews (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick), 1 goal
  • First-year Aidan McHugh (Burlington, Mass./Brooks School), 3 saves in 45 minutes
  • Senior Liam Barrett (Saugus, Mass./Malden Catholic/UMass Lowell), 5 saves in 45 minutes of relief

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Senior Jackson Bukunt, 1 goal
  • Junior Josue Assantha, 1 goal
  • Senior Brian Underhill, 6 saves

GAME FACTS

  • Andrews scored his first college goal.
  • The teams played their third consecutive one-goal affair, with this the 20th time in the past 25 meetings since 2002 the squads were separated by one goal or less.

THE ACTION

  • Shortly after Assantha's shot was blocked out of bounds for a corner kick, Bukunt netted the game's first goal at 8:21, converting senior Michael Fortin's assist.
  • McHugh made his third first-half save by the 41st minute, keeping it 1-0, before Assantha doubled the lead at 41:29.
  • Now on in relief, Barrett was tested just 13 seconds into the second half, denying sophomore Jonas Walter's bid out bounds.
  • Barrett made back-to-back saves in the 58th minute to keep Saint Michael's within striking distance.
  • Sophomore Brock Martindale (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour) saw an attempt turned aside by Underhill in the 61st minute, and classmate Amos Schramm (Sagard, Mecklenburg-Pomerania, Germany/Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Gymnasium) sent a follow-up bid wide.
  • The Purple Knights broke through in the 70th minute, as a misplay in the backfield led to Andrews scoring on a breakaway to halve the deficit.
  • Martindale's tying bid midway through the 90th minute was denied by Underhill.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Saturday at Assumption University, 2 p.m.
  • The Purple Knights open NE10 play.