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Gordon men’s soccer overwhelms UNE 5-0 in Homecoming matchup

Erik Holmqvist (12) tries to stop Caleb Cole.

Erik Holmqvist (12) tries to stop Caleb Cole.

Action in front of the UNE net

Action in front of the UNE net

(Wenham MA) The game-long moisture did not slow down the Scots (7-1-1) one drop.

Gordon controlled the ball and applied pressure on the University of New England most of this damp afternoon in Saturday’s Homecoming encounter.

UNE (1-6-4) has now lost four straight and are winless since a September 4th victory over St. Joseph’s (ME).

The Nor’easters tallied two goals in the win over St.Joseph’s.  In the other ten games, the team from Biddeford, has just three scores.

With scoring a problem, UNE needed to keep Gordon off the scoreboard.  Didn’t happen as the Scots passed and passed for good chances and put up two goals in the first half.

Senior Caleb Cole had both of them.  On the first goal he finished a Danny Nkhalamba feed with a header.  Later in the first half CC was able to put a serious charge into a left-footed shot. UNE Goalie Elijah Leverett had no chance on either goal.gcune-a1-cc-heads-toward-goalgcune-a2-cc-sees-header-go-into-net-for-2nd-goal

There was no holding back for Gordon.  Despite the sometimes slippery conditions, completed passes and scoring chances added up.  GC would get three more goals before the afternoon was over.

Josh Cochran drew a penalty kick and Tyler Modzeleski turned it into Gordon’s third goal.

Less than three minutes later, Danny Nklalamba got an open look from the left that led to his second goal of the season.  Josh Beveridge had the assist.gcune-a10-danny-1gcune-a11-danny-2gcune-a12-danny-3gcune-a13-danny-4gcune-a14-danny-5gcune-a15-danny-6

Later, freshman Matt Chartier got his 6th goal off a wonderful setup by Danny.

Obviously, Danny Nklalamba was huge on the scoresheet with a goal and two assists.

Plenty of substitutions in the second half for both teams.

UNE clears with a header

UNE clears with a header

Gordon GK Josh Spoonhour was called on to make a couple of tough saves but on this afternoon most of the action was in the UNE side of the field.

One of the things I really liked about this game was that the whistles and the whining were at a minimum.  The last GC game I saw, other than on the Gordon feed, was the Roger Williams OT tie game.  The whining on both sides was endless.  Today’s contest was a different game entirely with much more of a flow to it.

UNE was picked to finish 9th by the Commonwealth Coast Conference coaches.   They returned only five starters.

Gordon was picked to win the CCC.  They have a roster with talented players in every class.  There are some very good teams in the CCC so nothing is certain for the rest of the season but the Scots have a great chance to get a second straight title.

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Soccer ball on the roof of a Gordon dorm

Soccer ball on the roof of a Gordon dorm

Caleb Cole puts a hard shot on net

Caleb Cole puts a hard shot on net

Callum Heaslewood (8) and Colin Surface (2)

Callum Heaslewood (8) and Colin Surface (2)

Danny Nkhalamba settles a high pass

Danny Nkhalamba settles a high pass

Ricardo Infantozzi in UNE traffic

Ricardo Infantozzi in UNE traffic

Matt Chartier breaks free for his 6th goal

Matt Chartier breaks free for his 6th goal

Tyler Modzeleski about to tally a penalty kick

Tyler Modzeleski about to tally a penalty kick

 

 

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Roger Williams earns 2-2 tie with Gordon in men’s soccer

Josh Cochran (10), Charlie Mader (18), and Tyler Modzeleski (17) converge on the ball

Josh Cochran (10), Charlie Mader (18), and Tyler Modzeleski (17) converge on the ball

Freshman Garrett Bolton shadowed Gordon's Caleb Cole

Freshman Garrett Bolton shadowed Gordon’s Caleb Cole

(Wenham MA) Roger Williams (1-3-1) came away with a 2-2 tie against Gordon (2-1-1) in men’s soccer on Saturday afternoon at Gordon.

The Scots and the Hawks are about as familiar with each other as two teams can get having met seven times in the last 3+ years.  How do you do that?  In each of the last three years they have been matched up in the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament.

Two overtimes were played in declining daylight and RW nearly won the thing in the first OT.  Tyler Kuchenbecker was so sure that he had done just that that he had stripped off his shirt after putting in a rebound.  That celebrating was short lived, however, as the apparent game-winner was tallied on an off-sides and the goal was disallowed.

The Hawks kept tight coverage on the CCC’s best player (senior Caleb Cole) all game long as freshman Garrett Bolton was his full-time shadow.

GC coach Derek Potteiger hears an explanation from referee Adam Kilpatrick

GC coach Derek Potteiger hears an explanation from referee Adam Kilpatrick

Plenty of contact and plenty of fouls.  Twenty-six for RW while GC was whistled seventeen times.  Trying to sort out the hits from the dives put every call up for discussion.  Referee Adam Kilpatrick kept the red card in his pocket, however.

I was immediately surprised when I saw this year’s Gordon schedule.  They play eleven games at home and just five on the road.  How is that managed?

RW scored on a direct kick and a corner kick.  I don’t know where the Gordon wall was on Sean Janson’s direct kick.  Chris Chieffo’s corner kick perfectly set up a leaping Charlie Mader for a goal-producing header.

Tyler Modzeleski shoots past RW goalie Edmund Geschickter

Tyler Modzeleski shoots past RW goalie Edmund Geschickter

Caleb Cole was stepped on in the penalty area by Garrett Bolton and cashed the PK with a low shot near the left post.  Tyler Modzeleski took a pass from Danny Nkhalamba from the middle and fired a grounder past RW goalie Edmund Geschickter.

Gordon won the CCC championship last season and have back the defensive POY (Ben Gradert) and the offensive POY (Caleb Cole).  All-League selections Josh Spoonhour, Collin Surface, Josh Cochran, and Tyler Modzeleski are also on hand for the 2017 season.  Not surprisingly, the Scots were selected to finish first by the CCC coaches in their pre-season poll.  However, as Roger Williams showed (they were picked for 6th) there are plenty of good teams in the conference and wins will be hard to come by.

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Tyler Kuchenbecker (right) starts to celebrate OT goal

Tyler Kuchenbecker (right) starts to celebrate OT goal

Save by RW in traffic

Save by RW in traffic

Elevating for a possible header

Elevating for a possible header

Charlie Mader's header goes past GC goalie Josh Spoonhour to tie the game

Charlie Mader’s header goes past GC goalie Josh Spoonhour to tie the game

Jerry Williams and Sean Janson

Jerry Williams and Sean Janson

Edmund Geschickter dives for Caleb Cole's PK attempt

Edmund Geschickter dives for Caleb Cole’s PK attempt

Garrett Bolton steps on Caleb Cole's foot in the penalty area

Garrett Bolton steps on Caleb Cole’s foot in the penalty area

Roger Williams gets the tying goal on a Charlie Mader header

Roger Williams gets their first goal on a Sean Janson direct kick

Tyler Modzeleski gets a shot on net

Tyler Modzeleski gets a shot on net

Greg Logue and Tyler Modzeleski

Greg Logue and Tyler Modzeleski

GC goalie Josh Spoonhour

GC goalie Josh Spoonhour

Referee cautions Garrett and Caleb

Referee cautions Garrett and Caleb

Lucas Watt (27) and Danny Nkhalamba (20)

Lucas Watt (27) and Danny Nkhalamba (20)

CCC Defensive Player of the Year Ben Gradert

CCC Defensive Player of the Year Ben Gradert

Charlie Mader and Tyler Modzeleski

Charlie Mader and Tyler Modzeleski

Sean Janson congratulated by teammates after first-half goal

Sean Janson congratulated by teammates after first-half goal

 

 

 

 

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Gordon routs Curry 5-1 in men’s soccer for sixth straight

Caleb Cole celebrates his goal versus Curry. Caleb also had an assist.

Caleb Cole celebrates his goal versus Curry. Caleb also had an assist.

(Wenham MA) It seemed as if the wind was to Gordon’s back both halves…………but it wasn’t.

The Scots (8-2) made the significant wind irrelevant defeating Curry, 5-1, in a men’s soccer game that wasn’t really that close.

The Colonels (10-2) came out a step slow and lost most of the 50/50 battles as Gordon entertained a sizable Homecoming crowd on a shivering Saturday afternoon.

How cold was it? At halftime many among the attendees, including my wife and I, checked into Winn Library………..and it wasn’t to check out any reading material!

The Scots found room to maneuver on the Curry side of the field frequently and were able to put tremendous pressure on the retreating Colonels’ defenders. GC had twenty-three shots in this game.

Two players you’ll see plenty of at a Gordon men’s soccer game are senior Evan Crocker and junior Caleb Cole. Both of them have the knack of coming out of crowds with the ball under control. Put them in one-on-one situations around the goal and trouble is being asked for.

In today’s sixth straight win, Evan and Caleb each cashed in on open spaces they worked into.

Caleb scored the first goal and assisted on the second.

Ball loose on the Curry doorstep turned into Tyler Modzeleski's first Gordon goal. Caleb Cole ($11) assisted from the left

Ball loose on the Curry doorstep turned into Tyler Modzeleski’s first Gordon goal. Caleb Cole (#11) assisted from the left

The second goal, by Tyler Modzeleski, was beautifully set up by Caleb. The GC junior came in from the left with no opening possible because of the positioning of the Curry GK and another defender. Caleb took a shot anyhow and the ball went on the ground between the goalie and two defenders to the front of the Curry net. The ball reached Tyler first with Ian Burkhart to his right. Tyler had one attempt at scoring and then another which went in. My picture shows the arms of Curry GK Dan Johnson as he tries to block the goal.

The best part of that goal was afterwards. Tyler sought out Caleb and congratulated him immediately for his assistance on freshman Tyler’s first GC goal.

Evan Crocker (2 goals) dribbles past Curry GK Dan Johnson and into an clear look at the Curry goal.

Evan Crocker (2 goals) dribbles past Curry GK Dan Johnson and into a clear look at the Curry goal.

Evan Crocker had Gordon’s next two goals. In the first one Evan dribbled past two defenders and then the goalie before releasing the shot into an open net.

Plenty to like in this game for the GC faithful. Six games left in the regular season including home matches October 10th and 21st with Eastern Nazarene and UNE.

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Ian Burkhard (7) and Giancarlo Orsini (15)

Ian Burkhard (7) and Giancarlo Orsini (15)

Evan Crocker on the loose

Evan Crocker on the loose

Collin Surface

Collin Surface

Gaines Minton

Gaines Minton

Jerry Williams

Jerry Williams

Ben Lydick (9) and Ben Gradert (5)

Ben Lydick (9) and Ben Gradert (5)

GC goalie Josh Spooner

GC goalie Josh Spooner

Caleb Cole moves into shooting position

Caleb Cole moves into shooting position

Curry GK Dan Johnson

Curry GK Dan Johnson

Caleb Cole

Caleb Cole

Aaron Terjanian stretches for a ball in front of Roy Butlin

Aaron Terjanian stretches for a ball in front of Roy Butlin

Tyler Modzeleski with Ryan Madden in pursuit

Tyler Modzeleski with Ryan Madden in pursuit

clothing grab

clothing grab

Caleb Cole cuts past Giancarlo Orsini.

Caleb Cole cuts past Giancarlo Orsini.

 

 

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Gordon men out after 2-1 overtime loss to Roger Williams in CCC semifinals

Jesse DiPietro (23) slides the game winner past four Gordon defenders

Jesse DiPietro (23) slides the game winner past four Gordon defenders

Seniors Andrew Vandervoort and Kellen Kasiguran console each other afterwards

Seniors Andrew Vandervoort and Kellen Kasiguran console each other afterwards

(Wenham MA) Sports can be like that.

#1 seed Gordon had an eight-game win streak going in a season in which they had lost just once.  And they were playing at home.

The opponent (Roger Williams) was seeded fifth in the Commonwealth Coast Conference and had lost at home to Gordon (1-0) eleven days ago.

None of that mattered on this sunny Tuesday afternoon, as the Hawks defeated the Fighting Scots, 2-1, in overtime, in the tournament semifinals on The Quad at Gordon.

Andre Brueckner (4) defends Evan Crocker (8) as Trevor Sparda (17) and Jesse DiPietro (23) look on

Andre Brueckner (4) defends Evan Crocker (8) as Trevor Sparda (17) and Jesse DiPietro (23) look on

RWU (15-4-2) will now get a chance at the CCC championship on Saturday versus #2 seed Western New England in Springfield.

With the loss, Gordon (18-2) is left to hope that their impressive record will earn them an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament.

Jesse DiPietro’s goal two minutes into sudden-victory overtime sealed the deal for the visitors.

The key to the RWU win may well have been back in the second half when the Hawks quickly responded to Gordon’s goal.  Then down, 1-0, and with all that negative stuff piled up against them that I mentioned above, the Hawks took less than two minutes to even things with the CCC regular season champs.  I thought that RWU had the better of the chances thereafter and I wasn’t shocked to see the Hawks pull off the upset.

After a scoreless first half, Andrew Vandervoort was on the receiving end of a wonderful pass from freshman Caleb Cole.  Andrew had time to volley the pass over RW goalie Jon Pelloso and chase it into an open net.

Andrew Vandervoort breaks in after a nice feed from Caleb Cole

Andrew Vandervoort breaks in after a nice feed from Caleb Cole

Andrew volleys the ball past RW goalie Jon Pelloso

Andrew volleys the ball past RW goalie Jon Pelloso

Andrew chases the ball into the net

Andrew chases the ball into the net

The score was Andrew’s 18th goal of the 2013 season.  For Caleb it was assist #8.

Andrew Carlson (11) about to drive the ball into an open net to quickly tie the score

Andrew Carlson (11) about to drive the ball into an open net to quickly tie the score

I got a long-range look at Roger Williams’ tying goal by Andrew Carlson.  My picture shows Andrew with the ball in front of him as well as an open net.  The Gordon GK is off to the right.

I also had a long-range look at Jesse DiPietro’s game-winner in overtime.  My picture shows Jesse sliding after kicking the ball past three Gordon defenders as well as goalkeeper Josh Spoonhour.

RWU coach Jim Cook

RWU coach Jim Cook

This was the 304th win for the Hawks veteran coach Jim Cook.  RWU has won six CCC championships during Jim’s twelve years as head coach.  The last one being in 2006.

Josh Spoonhour had given up only three goals all season before two got by him today.

I was interested to see freshman Trevor Sparda of Scarborough playing for Roger Williams.  I saw his sister, Sam, playing for Scarborough on Saturday in their Western Class B semifinals loss to Windham.  Sam is a terrific defender with a strong leg.

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trouble in the Gordon end

trouble in the Gordon end

Josh Spoonhour (00) deflects a shot over the net

Josh Spoonhour (00) deflects a shot over the net

Rich Pomeroy gets a lecture

Rich Pomeroy gets a lecture

Andrew Vandervoort chases a loose ball

Andrew Vandervoort chases a loose ball

Caleb Cole (11) finds space

Caleb Cole (11) finds space

Jon Pellosso saves

Jon Pellosso saves

Hawks players rush to congratulate Jesse DiPietro (2nd from left) after his overtime goal

Hawks players rush to congratulate Jesse DiPietro (2nd from left) after his overtime goal

Ryan Sharby (7) and Colten Corey (12)

Ryan Sharby (7) and Colten Corey (12)

Cooper Allebrand

Cooper Allebrand

Jon Pelloso saves

Jon Pelloso saves

Daniel Perez (3) and Andre Brueckner (4)

Daniel Perez (3) and Andre Brueckner (4)

young soccer fans

young soccer fans

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That’s nine straight for the Gordon men’s soccer team!

Andrew Vandervoort (two goals) lines up his first

Andrew Vandervoort (two goals) lines up his first

Bagpiper leads the Gordon team onto The Quad.

Bagpiper leads the Gordon team onto The Quad.

(Wenham MA) What’s not to like about this team?

The Gordon men’s soccer team continued on their undefeated roll by routing Eastern Nazarene, 6-1, on a sunny Saturday afternoon on The Quad.

The Scots (9-0) scored twice in the first ten minutes but then could not put the finishing touches on numerous chances the rest of the half.

It was one of those games in which one team dominates but only had two goals to show for it.  Right near the end of the half, junior Scott Hansen of the Lions got in on a breakaway but took time to upgrade his shot and lost a great chance.  A goal there and the lead would have been halved but it didn’t happen.

The Gordon pressure continued in the second half and senior Andrew Vandervoort connected twice, both on terrific feeds (Caleb Cole and Evan Crocker).  Andrew now has ten goals in the 2013 seaon.

ENC (1-8) got its lone goal off a penalty kick by freshman Jacob Mason.  David Egeler got whistled for a hard tackle to set up the PK with 14:51 remaining.

Grant Stevens (#24) moves in for a goal

Grant Stevens (#24) moves in for a goal

Two minutes later, freshman Grant Stevens registered his first GC goal off a feed from the right by fellow freshman Dan Perez.

Dan set up another freshman (Colten Corey) 2 ½ minutes later from about the same spot on the right.

First look for me at Gordon’s team.  Their passing skills were impressive.  They forced ENC to do a lot of chasing.

Evan Crocker (#8) passes past Jared Corbin (#24) setting up teammate Andrew Vandervoort for his 10th goal of the season

Evan Crocker (#8) passes past Jared Corbin (#24) setting up teammate Andrew Vandervoort for his 10th goal of the season

This is the only home game on The Quad for the team.  They are normally on the fast field at the Brigham Athletic Complex.

Good Homecoming crowd on hand although you have to wonder how many of the spectators, besides friends and family, know how well the Scots have started in 2013.

I would suggest that in a setting with a public address system the names of the goal scorers could be announced.

The Lions have lost four straight and things won’t get any easier.  Their next game is on October 5th at (8-2) Roger Williams.

Colten Corey (#12) heads home the second Gordon goal.

Colten Corey (#12) heads home the second Gordon goal.

How can you have reservations about Gordon’s 9-0 team?  I asked someone behind the ropes who had seen a number of their games that question.  They told me that the team is very good but that they hadn’t really faced the top competition yet.  My curiosity was aroused so I took a look at the nine teams the Scots have defeated.   Two of them (Umass Boston & Western New England) have winning records.  The overall record of the opponents is 30-44.

I think that some of the, “How good is this team?” questions will be answered in the next two games.  Both are on the road.  Lasell (7-1) is the opponent on Tuesday and Nichols (5-1-3) on Friday.

Freshman Aaron Terjanian gets a point-blank look

Freshman Aaron Terjanian gets a point-blank look

It was my first look at some terrific freshman that first-year coach Derek Potteiger has brought on board.  In this game, four of them (Caleb Cole, Colten Corey, Dan Perez, and Grant Stevens) made the scoresheet.

I am highly in favor of having the team led onto the field by a bagpiper.

Nothing more important happens, in my opinion, than the two teams gathering afterwards to pray.  It tells me that teams want it known that they are brothers in Christ.

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ENC goalie Jake Johnson robs Caleb Cole

ENC goalie Jake Johnson robs Caleb Cole

Caleb Cole heads for a loose ball in close

Caleb Cole heads for a loose ball in close

ENC junior Scott Hansen breaks in late in the half

ENC junior Scott Hansen breaks in late in the half

Dalton Weaner looks for someone to pass to

Dalton Weaner looks for someone to pass to

GC goalie Tim Hardy lines up a save in the air

GC goalie Tim Hardy lines up a save in the air

David Egeler

David Egeler

President Michael Lindsay attended the game

President Michael Lindsay attended the game

Jacob Mason - scored on a penalty kick

Jacob Mason – scored on a penalty kick

Chris Carlson

Chris Carlson

Colten Corey

Colten Corey

teams pray afterwards

teams pray afterwards

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