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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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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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