MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's soccer team was tripped up by the visiting Skyhawks from Stonehill College on Wednesday, coming out on the wrong end of a 2-1 score at Melucci Field.
Saint Anselm, who opened the season with four consecutive victories, has dropped its first two Northeast-10 Conference games of the year to drop to 4-2 overall. Stonehill moves to 3-3 with the result, having split its two NE10 matches so far.
The Hawks finished the game with a distinct 19-to-8 advantage in shots taken, but Stonehill owned a 2-0 lead through the game's first 58 minutes of action. Freshman Quenten McDonough (Bedford, N.H.) scored his first collegiate goal in the final 10 minutes of regulation time, but the Skyhawks eked out the road victory.
Stonehill pushed ahead the game's first goal at 35:54 of the first half. Daniel Pereira sent in a right-to-left cross that caught the foot of a streaking Ian Pereira in flight to put the visitors ahead by a 1-0 score. Mackenzie Hoglund put the Skyhawks up by two in the game's 58th minute, finding the upper-90 from roughly 25 yards out.
McDonough halved the Stonehill lead with a strong individual effort in the game's final 10 minutes, carrying the ball directly to goal while evading the last defender to cut the Stonehill lead in half.
Hawks backstop Jacob Rostkowski (Rockport, Mass.) yielded two goals on for shots on net, drawing the loss, while Andrew Hammersley made six saves on seven shots to earn the win for Stonehill.
Saint Anselm returns to action this Saturday, Sept. 28, taking on New Haven at home with a 3 p.m. start time.