St. Michael's shuts out Lyndon

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Four players scored to help the Saint Michael's College men's soccer team knock off Lyndon State College, 5-0, on Thursday at Duffy Field, its fourth shutout in as many contests this fall. The Purple Knights improved to 4-0 for the second time in four seasons, while the Hornets slipped to 0-3.

Junior Anthony Stanley found the back of the net twice for the hosts, while senior Dana DiPinto and sophomores Gonzalo Mengotti and Simón Rodriguez all tallied once. Junior Omar Khartabil  had a pair of assists. Senior Logan Kingman made one stop in 72:43 before junior Chris Howard completed the team's shutout without being tested.

Senior Jason Gray (East Thetford, Vt.) had eight saves for Lyndon State before sophomore Jason Marks (Newtown, Conn.) played the final 12:52 between the pipes.

The Purple Knights cracking the scoring column twice in the opening 7:37 of the contest. DiPinto netted the first marker at 4:21, as junior Josh Vlasich's shot at the right post was blocked by a Hornet defender before DiPinto pounced on the loose ball at the left post. Mengotti doubled his team's lead in the eighth minute, heading home Khartabil's corner-kick serve.

DiPinto nearly netted his second goal during the 15th minute but was denied when Gray went high for the save. Lyndon State had a pair of near misses in the final 14 minutes of the opening half, with sophomore Blake Begnoche (Fairfax, Vt.) sending a long shot just wide of the left post in the 32nd minute before senior Kyle Mecham's (Wilbraham, Mass.) 35th-minute free kick sailed a few feet above upper right corner of the frame.

Early in the second half, Saint Michael's widened its lead with a pair of markers in a matter of 2:35. Senior Ben Lessard crossed from the right side during the 51st minute to set up Rodriguez, who one-timed the pass into the upper right corner. In the 54th minute, senior back Nick Colangelo carried 30 yards up the right side before cutting down the end line toward the goal, ultimately centering a pass that Stanley slipped into the lower right netting.

Stanley scored again with 53 seconds remaining. Khartabil stripped a Hornet defender 30 yards away from the goal and dribbled unabated toward the net before crossing to the far post for Stanley.