Springfield, Mass. - October 17, 2016 - Senior captain Luke Alvaro (Chicopee, Mass.) broke his own Division III program record for goals in a single season, as the forward notched two second-half markers to lead the Springfield College men's soccer team to a 6-2 win over Suffolk University on Monday afternoon at Brock-Affleck Field.
Alvaro, who set the Division III men's soccer program record with his 16 goals in 2015, scored his 17th and 18th goals of the season in the win to re-establish the Division III program record for goals in a single season. Alvaro's 18 goals is now the most recorded by an individual since David Girouard, also a native of Chicopee, Mass., scored 21 goals in 1989.
With the win, Springfield College, which was ranked No. 24 in the latest D3Soccer.com National Rankings, improves to 13-1-1 on the year, while the Rams are now 7-7 overall. Springfield held an 33-7 shot advantage over 90 minutes of play, while also holding an 12-3 margin in corner kicks.
In net for the Pride, senior goalkeeper Zach Richard (Millbury, Mass.) got the nod, and made on save over 66:51, while Stewart Frank (Pittsford, N.Y.) came on for the remainder of the contest to preserve the win. For the Rams, Jon Brodeur (Northampton, Mass.) made nine saves, while Steven Lopez Toro (East Boston, Mass.) came on to finish the game.
Springfield College got on the board just 5:39 into the contest when Dexter Tenn (South Windsor, Conn.) drove past his defenders to the left side, before sliding a pass across the goal mouth at the last second to a wide open Taylor Gilfoy (Holliston, Mass.), who tucked a shot into the back of the net to give the Pride an early 1-0 advantage over the Rams.
Suffolk evened the score just 5:36 later when Christian Restrepo (Everett, Mass.) played a short corner to Jordan Casey (East Hampton, Conn.), who floated a cross to the middle of the box, which was headed into the back of the net by Diego Puig-Corve (Miami, Fla.) to knot the score at one apiece.
The Rams took a 2-1 lead just 4:40 later when a hand ball committed by the Pride resulted in a direct free kick for Suffolk deep in Springfield College terriroty. Restrepo stepped up to take the free kick, and laced a ball into the box that was once again headed past Richard by Puig-Corve for his second of the game.
Springfield College evened the score at two with 7:57 remaining in the half when Alvaro played a ball to Keon Haji (Shrewsbury, Mass.), who took a shot on cage, which was originally stopped, but the rebound bounced right to Christian Schneider (Douglas, Mass.), who tucked a shot past Brodeur to make it 2-2.
Being awarded a corner kick with less than ten seconds remaining in the stanza, Danny Murphy (Old Saybrook, Conn.) played a ball into the box that was cleared by the Rams, but Rafa Jesus (Pawtucket, R.I.) blocked the clear and passed to Cam Powell (Housatonic, Mass.), who found Brad Deckel (Lansdale, Pa.) on the back pipe for a last-second finish to send the Pride into the half with a 3-2 lead.
Springfield College pushed its lead to a pair with 29:24 remaining in the contest when Taylor Gilfory (Holliston, Mass.) sent a through ball past Suffolk's back line, which was caught up to by Alvaro, who finished his chance to make it 4-2, Pride. Just 54 seconds later, the senior finished a cross from Murphy to make it 5-2, and to record his team-leading 18th goal of the season.
With 7:00 to play in the contest, Springfield made it a 6-2 game when Haji played a ball into the box that was controlled by Curtis Bolduc (South Windsor, Conn.) who took a step to his right and finished his chance into the bottom left corner of the net to push the Pride's lead to four late in the game.
Up next, Springfield College will return to NEWMAC play when it will hit the road and take on MIT on Saturday, October 22 at 1 p.m.