Men’s Soccer Falls to No. 2 Franklin Pierce 4-0

Christopher Elwell, Sports Editor

New Haven took to the road on Saturday night to face the Franklin Pierce Ravens at Sodexo Field, falling 4-0. The Ravens, who entered the game as the second ranked team in the country, dominated this game from the start, scoring three of their four goals in the first half of play and limiting New Haven to just two shots, a new season-low. New Haven is still searching for their first win of the season, falling to 0-5-3 (0-2-2 NE-10) on the season.

Franklin Pierce got on the board in the 13th minute with the first of two goals by midfielder Miguel Secades Rodriguez. It would not take them long to score again with a goal by Braudilio Rodrigues in the 16th minute, beating Chargers goalkeeper Themis Kastoris. Rodriguez would then connect for his second score of the game in the 29th minute with the assist coming from Rodrigues, giving the Ravens a 3-0 lead in the first half.

The second half was not much better for the Chargers, who were not able to register a shot on goal. This game was a step in the wrong direction for New Haven who had attempted 40 shots in the previous two games. Midfielder Alexander Gunnarsson and forward Adam Lindstrom were the only ones to attempt a shot.

Franklin Pierce would extend their lead to four in the 74th minute with a score by Younes Addar. Kastoris would register a season-high nine saves in the game, but Franklin Pierce proved to be too much for him and the Chargers.

New Haven will now come home for their next matchup with Saint Rose on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Kathy Zolad Stadium. They will look to get their first win of the season with kickoff set for 7 p.m. More information can be found at NewHavenChargers.com.