On a beautiful autumn day, the Nighthawks celebrated the careers of seniors Milton Ricaurte (Barranquilla, Colombia) and Rodriguez Pierre (Somerville, Mass.). Before the game, both seniors were brought out by Head Coach Andrew Lafrenz, who had much to say about the two men playing in their final home game in the Newbury colors. Both Ricaurte and Pierre were each presented with a collage of pictures that helped capture their hard work and dedication to the program. However, this would not be the only thing the Nighthawks celebrated this afternoon.
During the first half the Nighthawks struggled to spark anything on offense as they were only able to amount to three shots compared to Daniel Webster's nine. Ricaurte provided the best scoring chance for the Nighthawks of the half in the 12th minute of the game as he fired a shot on net from inside the 18 and was robbed by the fingertips of Eagles goaltender, Sean Hamilton. As for the defense, right out of the gate it was clicking on all cylinders. Although allowing five shots on goal in the half, the defense was able to keep the eagles off the scoreboard with the help of great goaltending by junior keeper, Antonios Tran (Chelsea, Mass.)
As the game started the 2nd half, Daniel Webster came out strong recording four of the first five shots in the half looking to get ahead early. However, in the 55th minute, the Nighthawks would find the spark the were looking for from sophomore Ethan Forrest (East Bridgewater, Mass.) who was able to break free on the left side of the pitch from a feed by Pierre. After the great lead pass, Forrest took care of the rest as he was able to beat the keeper far side to put the Nighthawks out in front.
From this point on the Nighthawks were able to keep their lead thanks to the late game heroics of their goalkeeper. Tran would be challenged soon after the goal as the Nighthawks gave up a penalty kick in the 59th minute. Luckily, the Chelsea native would come up big and save the kick to keep the lead alive. Tran tens minutes later in the game would once again come in the clutch as he was able to make a spectacular 1 on 1 save against Daniel Webster's Nathan Misidi.
After the game saving saves by Tran, the Nighthawk offense was able to keep pressure on the Eagles by outshooting them seven to five. At the final whistle the Nighthawks were able to seal the victory and improve their record to 2-4 in the conference and 4-12-1 overall and Daniel Webster College falls to 4-2 in the conference and 12-5-1 overall. The Nighthawks will take the pitch again this Saturday at Southern Vermont College to finish the regular season.
Press release by Danny Lumb, Sports Information Assistant