Men’s Soccer Advances to LINAO Mountaineer Invitational Championship With 2-1 Opening-round Overtime Win Over Lyndon

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MANCHESTER, Vt. – Both the Southern Vermont College and Curry College men's soccer teams collected 2-1 wins at Applejack Stadium Saturday afternoon in the opening round of the 2018 LINAO Mountaineer Invitational.

SVC, the tournament hosts, defeated Northern Vermont University-Lyndon in overtime for the Mountaineers' first victory of the year before CC downed Northern Vermont University-Johnson to advance into the championship round.

Southern Vermont (1-3) will take on the Colonels (3-1-1) at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday for the Invitational title at SVC's Everett Field. The Badgers (2-1) and Hornets (0-3) will line up at 12 p.m. in the consolation match.

Lyndon brought a 1-0 edge into the halftime break, but SVC found the equalizer in the 66th minute. After neither side could find the back of the cage through the remainder of regulation, the Mountaineers celebrated cracking the win column with a strike from the top of the box 7:09 into overtime.

Southern Vermont sophomore Nick Langat (Silver Spring, Md.) provided the game winner with his second goal of the year. Mountaineer senior captain Nikolas Joseph (Coventry, Conn.) made his first of the season count as he tied it off a pass from junior captain Lee Dennis (Chocorua, N.H.).

SVC freshman keeper Diego Uquillas (Erie, Pa.) made five saves in net during his first collegiate win (1-3).

The Hornets were awarded a penalty kick with under five minutes to go in the first half, and they converted with a shot down the middle as Uquillas made a guess to the right.

Southern Vermont stayed with it after the intermission and found a new sense of energy as the Mountaineers looked to make it into the championship round of their tournament. Dennis worked the ball down the right side of the field and crossed it into the box midway through the stanza; Joseph got onto the end of it, turned, and fired the ball past the Hornet netminder to even things at 1-1.

SVC had the only two shots during the extra session with the second ending it for the Mountaineers. Langat lined up from about 25 yards out and laced it into the right side of the frame for the hosts to celebrate the win.