Men’s Soccer Wins Season Finale at Saint Anselm

Charger Athletics

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The University of New Haven men’s soccer team defeated Saint Anselm College 2-1 Friday night in its final game of the 2011 season. The Chargers finished the season with a 5-9-3 overall record and a 4-8-1 record in the Northeast-10 Conference. The Hawks finished the season with a 6-10-2 record overall and a 3-9-1 NE-10 mark.

The Hawks opened the first half with a pair of shots, while Dave Ljungquist (Oxford, Conn./Seymour) recorded the Chargers first shot in the seventh minute. The teams exchanged opportunities as the ball played its way through the midfield for most of the remainder of the first half. The Chargers broke the 0-0 tie in the 42nd miunute when Gui Dos Santos (Bethel, Conn./Bethel) scored off a header. The sophomore received a pass from Austin Coleman (North Haven, Conn./Hamden Hall Country Day ) near midfield. Just one minute later, Jonathan Creem (Naugatuck, Conn./Naugatuck ) recorded a save to keep the Chargers ahead 1-0 at the break.

The opening minutes of the second half was very active as both teams scored in the first 10 minutes. After a Saint Anselm foul inside the 18-yard box, Joseph D’Antonio (Oceanside, N.Y./Oceanside ) scored his fourth goal of the season off a penalty kick to give the Chargers a 2-0 lead in the 47th minute. Saint Anselm answered just minutes later, in the 53rd minute, with the game’s second penalty kick goal. Keesan Howe scored the goal and brought the Hawks back within one score. Again, each team registered opportunities in the following minutes, but the Chargers held on to its lead and finished the season with a win.

Ljungquist led the Chargers with three shots, while four others each recorded one shot. Creem was solid in the Chargers’ net with 10 saves on the afternoon. As a team, UNH was out-shot 26-7.