|Dale Quesnol fights the Bunker Hill player off the ball.|
Men Lose 5-2 Decision
(Holyoke, MA) The Holyoke men's soccer team took on Bunker Hill Community College this afternoon at O'Connell field. In the previous matchup of the two squads on October 5th, Bunker Hill defeated the Cougars 5-1.
It looked like the game may be a repeat of the last contest with Bunker Hill leading 2-0 in the first half. Late in the half, the Cougar's defense made a costly mistake resulting in a red card ejection. Scrambling keeper Patrick Lawless had just made two tremendous saves out by the edge of the box when a Bunker Hill striker chipped a shot towards the net. Instinct took over as the Cougar defender dove backwards and touched the ball with his hand resulting in an intentional handball in the box, an issued red card, and a penalty shot. The chipped shot did cross the goal line, however, the referee had whistled the play dead negating the goal. Lawless primed for the shot, without hesitation dove right and deflected the shot out of bounds forcing a Bunker Hill corner kick. The momentum shifted with the save and energized the Cougars to a strong first half finish.
Bunker Hill struck first within minutes of the halves start, extending the lead to three. Too little too late has been the storyline of the men's season, with a burst of second half intensity and attack. Twelve minutes into the half Dale Quesnol (Enfield, CT) scored the first of HCC's two goals. Seven minutes later Gabe Ramos (Ludlow, MA) assisted by Tyler Erdahl (Chicopee, MA) would put the Cougars one goal away from the tie, but the offensive production ceased. Bunker hill would score their fourth goal in the 73rd minute and last insurance goal to put the game out of reach with just under 6 minutes remaining.
Dropping their record to 3-9-1 overall and 3-6 in divisional play, the Cougars look to bounce back Wednesday against rival Springfield Technical Community College. In the first meeting of the two teams, a 6-5 thrilling last second goal in regulation goal by Paulo Carvalho (Ludlow, MA) forced overtime in which Adam Goncalves (Ludlow, MA) netted the golden goal.