By Gage Nutter
Assistant Sports Editor
The Pride men’s soccer team bounced back from their first loss of the season at the hands of Babson in overtime last Saturday by beating Suffolk 6-2 on Monday.
The scoring started at the 39:23 mark in the first half when No. 24 Springfield’s Dexter Tenn made a nifty move to defeat his defender on the left side of goal and touched the ball over to Taylor Gilfoy on the right side. Gilfoy was able to softly place it into the back of the net to make it 1-0, Pride.
Suffolk struck back effectively, the Rams Diego Puig-Corve scored off a corner kick to tie things up with 33:45 to go in the first half, one minute and 40 seconds later, Puig-Corve scored again from close range to make it 2-1, Suffolk.
After a 31 minute and 26 second long dry spell, the Pride got back on the board after Christian Schneider found the ball on his foot after a scramble in front of the net and placed it inside the left post to make it a 2-2 tie with 7:57 to go in the first half.
As the horn sounded to end the first half of play, Springfields Brad Deckel found the back of the net off a brilliant pass across the front of the net by Cam Powell to make it 3-2 Pride going into halftime.
“That is the first time I have ever hit a buzzer beater in soccer,” said Deckel. “The other day while watching film we went over set pieces with under a minute to go, and once we got that corner kick we executed perfectly.”
The Pride had plenty of opportunities in the first half. The team outshot the Rams 20-3, but Suffolks goalkeeper Jon Broduer kept it close for the Rams, compiling nine first-half saves to keep the score at a competitive 3-2.
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The first goal of the second half came from Division III All-American Luke Alvaro and was assisted by Xavi Arroyo with 29:24 to go in the second half to make it 4-2, Pride.
Only 56 seconds later, Alvaro put another one in the back of the net to make it 5-2, Pride. Alvaro’s goals were his 17th and 18th of the season, breaking his own Division II program scoring record set last year with 16 goals.
As the game began to wind down, the Pride kept fighting and scored again off the foot of Curtis Bolduc, assisted by Keon Haji, to make it 6-2, Pride, with 6:50 to go.
Head coach Steffan Seibert was very pleased with how his team performed.
“I think the adjustments we made after the first 30 minutes were big,” said Seibert. “We played good the first 25 minutes.They (Suffolk) got some good chances, but we adjusted quickly. We came out firing in the second half. I’m really happy with how we played.”
The game was potentially the last home game, and Seibert is extremely proud of them.
“It has been unbelievable to have them here,” said Seibert. “They represent everything that this program is about: hard work, discipline, and focus. All three of them (Richard, Alvaro, and Gilfoy) were impact players tonight. I couldn’t be more proud as a coach.”
The Pride will now hit the road for the last three games of the regular season. Their first stop is against MIT on Saturday.