Men's Soccer edges NHTI for top seed in the YSCC

Men's Soccer edges NHTI for top seed in the YSCC

The win moves the Fighting Saints into the top seed in the Yankee Small College Conference with an 8-2 record. The Saints had to battle from behind following a goal just one minute into the game from NHTI's Justus Turck with an assist from Tommy Butler. The Saints picked up their first goal off an unassisted shot from Sergio Lopes to tie the match later in the first half.

The game remained tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, with neither team scoring in the second half. The game moved into the first period of overtime. Despite the fact that CSJ controlled the ball for the majority of the first 10-minute overtime, the team was unable to connect with the back of the net. The Saints' game-winning goal came near the end of the second 10-minute overtime, with Rosyvelt Baessa scoring off an assist from Keven Andrade.

The assist was Andrade's eighth on the season. He currently ranks second in the YSCC for assists, just behind NHTI's Semir Sandzic. Several other members of the CSJ team are leading the conference, with Dominick Simpson ranked second in goals, points and shots. Helder Andrade currently ranks third in shots, while Alex Andrade ranks fifth.

CSJ outshot NHTI 23-10, making it a busy day for NHTI goalkeeper Patrick Bolton. Bolton had five saves on the day, compared to CSJ goalkeeper Kyle Milligan's two. Milligan is ranked third in the YSCC in goals against and second in goals against average. Bolton leads in both of those categories.

This is the second time the Saints and the Lynx have met this season. The first match ended with CSJ defeating NHTI 1-0 in Concord.

CSJ is now 10-5 overall and have won nine out of their last 10 games. They travel to YSCC opponent Central Maine Community College on Saturday, Oct. 15 to take on the Mustangs before returning home to close out the regular season against Word of Life on Wednesday, Oct. 19.