BRISTOL, R.I.- The Husson University men’s soccer team (1-3-1) held the advantage until the final minutes against Roger Williams University (4-0-0) on Sunday afternoon. Despite an incredible save in net for the Eagles by Kyle Townsend off a penalty kick in the 88th minute, the Hawks came out on top with a final score of 2-1 at Bayside Field.
The Eagles displayed the closest scoring opportunity of the first half when Rod Ghanayem approached the net, one-on-one with the keeper, and released a rocket just inches wide of the post.
In the 73rd minute, Nathan Firlings pushed a pass inside the box leading Joao Passoni towards goal who slid the ball past James Lee in net for the Hawks, to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. Lee managed to get a few fingers on the shot, but was just shy of preventing Passoni from scoring his first collegiate goal.
With under two minutes left to play, the Hawks were awarded a penalty kick. Colby Decker stepped aiming for the bottom right corner, but Townsend once again trounced yet another penalty kick this season as he dove to make the save. Decker poised in ready position, however, was in a prime location for the rebound, tying the game 1-1. With 20 seconds left in regulation, Jacob Grant launched a shot at Townsend, who made yet another save on the day, but Stathi Panagiotidis was there for the rebound as he scored the game winner for Roger Williams, 2-1.
Following the game, Head Coach Gavin Penny had several remarks reflecting on the match, “For the second day in a row, I have no words except today was a fantastic display and one that I am incredibly proud of. The boys deserve an unbelievable amount of credit for their efforts. I think they have proved a point to themselves of what they are able to accomplish when they trust themselves and each other. They don’t need to try and be players they are not because they are fantastic players already. There is a great vibe and buzz around this team and today I felt a togetherness that every player contributed in some form. Obviously the players that played, but even those that did not. The bench was incredible today. The result is certainly disappointing especially after Kyle saved the penalty with 90 seconds left, but we can take a lot of confidence from this performance and need to build upon it for the upcoming week.”
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Townsend made seven saves on the afternoon including an outstanding penalty kick save, and his counterpart, Lee, stopped four shots.
The Hawks outshot the Eagles, 15-14, including nine shots on goal to the Eagles’ five shots on goal.
The Eagles will travel to Brunswick, Main on Tuesday, September 11th to take on the Bowdoin Polar Bears for a night match with kickoff set for 4:30 PM.