Men’s Soccer Edges MCLA for 1-0 Road Win

diego uquillas makes a diving save

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – Southern Vermont College held on to capture a 1-0 non-conference men's soccer win over Mass. College of Liberal Arts at Shewcraft Field Wednesday night.

The match was scoreless until the 52nd minute when the Mountaineers broke through for what ended up being the only goal of the game. SVC seized the momentum and allowed the Trailblazers to only take three shots the rest of the way—all of those being off frame for Southern Vermont to claim just its second-ever win over MCLA in 16 all-time meetings.

The Mountaineers (2-10) are back in action on Saturday when they host New England College for a 12 p.m. home match.

"Obviously, it feels great to get a win—especially a shutout on the road," said SVC head coach Greg Gilmore '12. "We felt we deserved a few results earlier in the year, and unfortunately, we let a few quickly get away; then, we lost our confidence a bit and went away from playing the way we want to play. Tonight was much better, and we showed the kind of team we can be.

"This is still a very young group," Gilmore continued. "We are usually starting nine first or second-year players. When we put it all together and execute, we are a tough team to score on, and we can really move the ball. Our goal is to win October. We still have the majority of our league games left, so we want to show people what we can do this second half of the season."

MCLA had the more dangerous of the opportunities in the first half and nearly got on the scoreboard on a few occasions. SVC freshman keeper Diego Uquillas (Erie, Pa.) was able to get his hand on each of them, however, as he made some outstretched saves and one point-blank stop off a rebound to keep the scoreless stalemate intact.

Shortly into the second period, Southern Vermont ended the tie with a strike in the 52nd minute. Senior captain Nikolas Joseph (Coventry, Conn.) worked hard near the midfield line to win the ball, and he then played it down the pitch for freshman teammate Osman Padilla (El Paso, Texas). Padilla got to it and worked into the top of the box—fending off two MCLA defenders before laying it back to the left side to a wide-open Joseph; the Mountaineer took a few touches before ripping his fourth goal of the year back across the frame for what proved to be his second career game winner.

Uquillas finished with five saves in his first collegiate shutout (2-7).