BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College men's soccer team had a slow start in Sunday's and was never able to fully recover, eventually losing to visiting Salve Regina University, 5-2.
"We came out flat and fell into pressure early on," said SVC coach Tim Penrod, "and we never really could get out of it." Salve Regina went on the board first off a blasted shot from sophomore Issa Demirgioglu (Smithfield, R.I.) which found the upper right corner of the net. The Seahawks added three more goals in the first half before SVC senior Douglas Spingola (East Haddam, Conn.) was able to finish a run to get his team on the scoring track.
The second half contained a different tempo as the Mountaineers came out with more confidence and intensity, getting another tally from freshman Jorge Cuevas (Chula Vista, Calif.), his first collegiate goal coming in the 47th minute. The game was hard-fought by both teams the rest of the way with both teams having chances to either close the gap or put the game away. Salve did the latter when a shot off Rainer Randell's (Providence, R.I.) foot made its way across the goal line, despite a hustling Sean Deegan's (Seymour, Conn.) sliding attempt to keep it out.
Penrod took away positives from the game, saying that, "Part of it was awful, and part of it was really good. We need to apply aspects of both and work on them as we move forward." The Mountaineers are back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Castleton State for a 7:00 kickoff. Salve next faces Anna Maria at home on Wednesday at 4:30.