Salve Regina Wins Back and Forth Contest over Men’s Soccer, 3-2

Brendan Claflin scored his 5th goal of the season in Western New England's 3-2 loss to Salve Regina on Wednesday. (Photo by Rachael Margossian)
Brendan Claflin scored his 5th goal of the season in Western New England's 3-2 loss to Salve Regina on Wednesday. (Photo by Rachael Margossian)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (October 16, 2019) – The Western New England University men's soccer team fell to Salve Regina, 3-2, in CCC action on Wednesday afternoon at Suprenant Field.

Top Performers
Sophomore Alessandro Oggiano (Stoughton, Mass.) led the offense for the Seahawks with two goals, including the game-winner. Junior Jacob Guerra (Colchester, Conn.) provided one goal and one assist.

For the Golden Bears, seniors Brendan Claflin (Burlington, Mass.) and Charlie Argyle (Marshfield, Mass.) both found the back of the net.

Game Review
It was an even game for the majority of the first half until the 40th minute when the Seahawks found the breakthrough. Guerra brought the ball down the right side and crossed the ball into the middle of the box, where he found Oggiano, who headed the ball back across goal to give the Seahawks the 1-0 lead.

The Seahawks held that lead until halftime. The Golden Bears responded early in the second half, where a long thrown into the box found the head of sophomore Larsen Keys (Norfolk, Mass.), who then flicked it to the back post to Claflin who headed it past the Salve Regina goalkeeper, senior Seth Wolins (Wake Forest, N.C.), to tie the game at one apiece.

The Seahawks again took the lead in the 53rd minute, when a cross into the box by senior Evan MacDonald (Candia, N.H.) deflected off of a Golden Bear defender and fell to Guerra, who struck the ball past Western New England senior goalkeeper Dylan Husted (South Deerfield, Mass.) to regain the lead for the Seahawks.

The Golden Bears tied up the game for the second time in the 64th minute. Senior Brendan Siegel (Liberty, N.Y.) took a free kick from 30 yards out and played it to the back post, where the ball was met by a running junior Matt Remillard (Palmer, Mass.), who headed the ball back across the box to Argyle, who then headed the ball past Wolins to bring the Golden Bears level.

The Seahawks found the game-winner in the 81st minute. Junior Casey Kelly (Waldwick, N.J.) took the ball down the left hand side and played a cross on the ground into the box, finding Oggiano, who redirected it to the far post past Husted to give the Seahawks the 3-2 lead.

Notes
• Western New England outshot Salve Regina 11-10, with a 6-4 edge in shots on goal.
• Western New England held the advantage in corner kicks, 7-1.

Up Next
Western New England (9-4-1, 2-2 CCC) hits the road on Saturday afternoon to take on University of New England. Salve Regina (9-3-3, 3-0-2 CCC) continues on the road at Eastern Nazarene on Saturday afternoon.