Men’s Soccer Registers 1-1 Tie at Becker

sam duchesneau kicks the ball

LEICESTER, Mass. – Southern Vermont College chalked up its thirds-straight New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's soccer tie Tuesday night as the visiting Mountaineers played to a 1-1 draw with Becker College at Alumni Field.

SVC jumped on top with a strike in the 69th minute, but the Mountaineers committed a foul in the penalty area with 35 seconds left in regulation. The Hawks connected on their take from the dot, and neither side could find the back of the net through the two overtime sessions for the match to end with the even score.

Southern Vermont (2-11-3, 0-3-3 NECC) is next in action at 3 p.m. on Saturday with a league tilt at Dean College.

The Mountaineer defense and goalkeeping units have played tremendously since late September as SVC has allowed only one goal through its last 348 minutes of league action. Overall, Southern Vermont has conceded just three scores in its last 528 minutes of play for a goals against average of 0.51.

Becker dominated the shots column on Tuesday—taking 42 throughout the game to SVC's 12. Mountaineer freshman netminder Tyler Mackie (Danville, N.H.) saved each of the Hawks' eight takes on net in the opening half while all four Southern Vermont shots on frame in the first 45 minutes were denied at the other end.

The visitors had six shots in the second period with one of those making a difference on the scoreboard. After SVC worked the ball down to the left corner, it was knocked around in the box by both sides; the Becker goalie couldn't corral the ball as it squeaked through to the right side—allowing freshman Tim Carper (Hereford, Md.) to run on and slam in his first collegiate tally with 21:56 left to go.

Mackie came up with a pair of saves in the final four minutes as the Hawks pressed to tie it up. With the clock winding down in the final 60 seconds, however, Becker got into the box before drawing a foul. The penalty kick found the back of the cage for the hosts to force overtime.

Mackie made five more saves in the extra 20 minutes of action—including one last take with just seconds left in the second the game. He finished with 18 stops in the draw (0-1-2).