BOSTON – A 60th-minute goal guided Emmanuel College (Mass.) to a 2-1 victory over Albertus Magnus College men's soccer in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) contest on Wednesday evening in Boston.
FINAL: Emmanuel 2 | Albertus Magnus 1
RECORDS: Albertus Magnus (7-6-1, 4-3-0 GNAC) | Emmanuel (7-6-0, 4-3-0 GNAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Saints went ahead in the 10th minute on an own goal to open tonight's scoring. This was the lone tally of the first half, as Emmanuel took a 1-0 advantage into the halftime break.
Freshman striker Michael Hidalgo (Norwalk, Conn.) evened the score at 1-all in the 51st minute with his second goal of the year. Hidalgo streaked down the left side of the field and beat a defender, before sniping a shot into the top right corner.
The Saints retook the lead in the 60th minute with a score from Alec Erskine. Erskine took advantage of confusion in front of the goal by guiding a loose ball in the box past the Falcons' keeper.
Albertus had its chances in the second half, topping Emmanuel in shots, 8-5, over the final 45 minutes. Of those eight shots, however, just two were on goal, with one being Hidalgo's score. Peter Rivera (Norwalk, Conn.) notched the Falcons' other shot on goal that was saved by Vincent Conelli.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
Albertus: Garfield Robinson (L, 4-4-1) - 5 Shots on Goal | 2 Goals-Against | 3 Saves
Emmanuel: Vincent Conelli (W, 4-3-0) - 5 Shots on Goal | 1 Goal-Against | 4 Saves
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Falcons held the lead in shots, taking 15, compared to the Saints' nine.
• Albertus also owned an advantage in corner kicks, 5-1.
• Six different Falcons tallied shots in tonight's bout.
• Salah Oumorou (West Haven, Conn.) paced all players with six shots; three were on goal.
• Jonathan Beaucejour (Wallingford, Conn.) ended the game with a season-high three shots.
• Garfield Robinson (West Haven, Conn.) played all 90 minutes in goal for the Falcons and made three saves.
• The Saints' goal-scorer, Erskine, led the home team with three shots.
• With the loss, Albertus falls to 4-3-0 in the conference with four league games left on the slate.
• The Falcons are now in a four-way tie for fourth in the GNAC standings.
• Tonight's bout ended a two-game streak of the Falcons and Saints battling to 1-1 overtime draws, as the two teams posted that result in both 2017 and 2018.
• Hidalgo has scored a goal in two of his last three appearances.
The Falcons welcome Colby-Sawyer College for a GNAC bout on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Celentano Field. The league matchup will be a part of Albertus Magnus' Homecoming Weekend.