Men’s Soccer Fights to Scoreless Stalemate With New England College

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BENNINGTON, Vt. – Neither side could find the back of the net Saturday afternoon at Everett Field as Southern Vermont College and New England College played through double overtime for a 0-0 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) tie.

In the first meeting since 2013, NEC outshot the hosting Mountaineers by an 18-9 clip. Shots on frame, however, were even at four apiece as the SVC defense forced the Pilgrims to have the majority of their takes come from afar. The tie snaps New England's four-game winning streak over Southern Vermont.

The Mountaineers (2-10-1, 0-3-1 NECC) hit the road for their next game as they head upstate for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference tilt at Northern Vermont University-Johnson on Tuesday. NEC (4-5-3, 1-1-2) is back in action on Wednesday with a 7 p.m. non-league contest at Salem State University.

Both teams had a couple of decent chances in the opening 45 minutes, but none of those were especially dangerous and couldn't be capitalized on for the game to go to halftime scoreless. Despite NEC taking a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks through the period, SVC freshman keeper Diego Uquillas (Erie, Pa.) only had to make one save to preserve the shutout.

Offense picked up in the second half with New England taking a 9-6 upper hand in shots, but the Mountaineers had three takes on frame to NEC's pair. Pilgrim sophomore keeper Robbie Ferguson (Hopkinton, Mass.) turned away each of the shots he faced, however, including one which made him fully extend to his left for the save. At the other end, Uquillas had to make a pair of point-blank stops to stymie the visitors.

Southern Vermont was unable to utilize its two corners in the first overtime period as neither side got any shots off through the 10 minutes. NEC would get the only quality chance during the extra sessions when a nice play through the top of the box made for a ripped shot from 10 yards out, but it was right at Uquillas who put it in his pocket to collect his second-straight shutout.

Uquillas (2-7-1) and Ferguson (3-2-2) both had four saves on the day.