MANCHESTER, N.H. – Emmet O'Callaghan scored a pair of goals but visiting St. Thomas Aquinas College rallied past the Saint Anselm College men's soccer team 3-2 in double overtime in the Hawks' season opener on Saturday at Grappone Stadium.
O'Callaghan gave Saint Anselm (0-1-0) the lead in both the fourth and 55th minutes, but St. Thomas Aquinas (1-1-0) came back to tie the game both times and eventually won it with 5:05 left in the second overtime. The two-goal performance was the second of O'Callaghan's career on the Hilltop.
Just 3:16 into the game, O'Callaghan opened the scoring, tucking a Keith Hill cross from the right flank inside the lower-left corner from near the penalty spot. Hill's assist was the first point of his Saint Anselm career.
O'Callaghan had a couple chances to extend Saint Anselm's lead but the score remained 1-0 until Luis Morales scored a penalty kick with 2:26 left in the half to bring the Spartans level. Morales earned the spot kick after being tripped in the box and fired the ball straight down the middle to send the teams to the break tied.
Just inside the first 10 minutes of the second half, O'Callaghan's hard work up the right wing resulted in a penalty kick for the Hawks, as the junior was brought down from behind in the box. O'Callaghan sent the spot kick into the lower-left corner to put Saint Anselm back on top.
In the 72nd minute, St. Thomas Aquinas again tied the game, as Chris Estevez buried a cross from Jack Hanlon on the right at the back post to make it 2-2. The Spartans had a chance on win it in regulation with a free kick from just outside the box on the right, but Nazariy Myniv fired the set piece well over the bar.
St. Thomas Aquinas grabbed the win with 5:05 left in the second overtime period as Cameron Pashley's cross found Brad Neal free in the middle and Neal headed the ball into the lower-left corner of the net.
The Spartans held a narrow 16-14 advantage in shots in the game but held a 10-0 advantage in corner kicks. Jack Nicholson picked up the win by making three saves for St. Thomas Aquinas. Jacob Rostkowski and Helio Meirelles Neto split time in net for the Hawks and combined for five saves. Neto was saddled with the loss after playing the first half and the second period of overtime.
Saint Anselm hosts Saint Michael's at Grappone Stadium at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9.